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