February 17, 2015 — The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) is inviting consumer comments on the request of Apple Valley Utilities, Inc. for increases in its water and sewer rates. A public hearing will be held on March 4 at Lowell Middle School (19250 Cline Ave. in Lowell) at 6:00 p.m.
The field hearing was originally scheduled for January 7 but was rescheduled due to extreme weather conditions.
Apple Valley Utilities, a privately owned utility providing water and sewer service to approximately 270 customers in southern Lake County, is seeking rate increases for the first time since 1995. According to its filing, the utility is requesting the changes due to increases in operating and maintenance costs.
A flat, monthly residential water bill would rise from $21.02 to $28.37 under the utility’s request, while the flat, monthly residential sewer bill would increase from $48.58 to $70.30.
The OUCC will conduct an informational meeting at 5:30 p.m. local time, immediately before the field hearing. Consumers may comment by:
- Speaking at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s (IURC’s) public field hearing in Lowell on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, or
- Sending written comments to the OUCC by Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
The OUCC, the state agency representing consumer interests in cases before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), has not yet taken a position in this case and is scheduled to file its report and recommendations on March 18, 2015.