Utilities approves wastewater rate hike

From Local Sources

JASPER — At its monthly meeting on Monday night, the Jasper Utility Service Board approved a wastewater rate increase that could go into effect as early as October.

Overall, the proposed new rate for the average residential customer who uses approximately 5,000 gallons of flow would compute to $38.76 per month — or an increase of $1.19 per month. Retail customers will see an increase in the monthly meter charge of 1.12% to 1.53%, with a flow charge increase of 4.64% to 4.84%.

Board member Adam Auffart — who is also a member of the wastewater committee — explained the results from a study conducted by Indianapolis firm Baker Tilly Virchow Krause LLP before recommending the increase.

The Jasper Common Council will hold a reading of the increase at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at City Hall, 610 Main Street. A public hearing will take place at the council’s August meeting

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