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Fox Chase Farms sewer rate could spike by 50 percent in emergency IURC case

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Residents of the Fox Chase Farms, the 88-home subdivision off Meridian Road in Liberty Township, could see their monthly sewer bill spike by nearly 50 percent--from $65 to $95--under an emergency rate increase sought by the receiver of the subdivision’s utility.

The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is currently inviting written comments on the rate-hike request filed by 1st American Management Company Inc., the court-appointed receiver for MTA LLC, doing business as Centurion Utilities, which provides wastewater disposal service at Fox Chase Farms.

The OUCC, the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), is reviewing the utility’s request and has not yet taken a position on the rate-hike request. The OUCC anticipates completing its review and filing testimony before the IURC on a future date to be determined.

In its petition before the IURC, 1st American Management Company states that several other entities have submitted proposals to acquire and operate the utility. However, 1st American Management Company is saying that immediate infrastructure improvements are necessary in the meantime due to numerous problems discovered with the utility’s operating system.

More information on this case, including the utility’s testimony, is available online at www.in.gov/oucc/2797.htm

Consumers who wish to submit written comments in this case may do so via the OUCC’s Website at www.in.gov/oucc/2361.htm, or by mail, email or fax:

* Mail: Consumer Services Staff, Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, 115 W. Washington St., Suite 1500 South, Indianapolis, IN 46204

* e-mail: uccinfo@oucc.IN.gov

* Fax: (317) 232-5923

Written comments the OUCC receives in the near future will be filed with the IURC and included in the case’s formal evidentiary record. Comments should include the consumer’s name, mailing address, and a reference to “IURC Cause No. 44475.”

Consumers with questions about submitting written comments can contact the OUCC’s consumer services staff toll-free (888) 441-2494.

 

 

Posted 4/28/2014