BOONVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — The City of Boonville Water Utility shared a letter with Eyewitness News on Wednesday that has been mailed out to all utility customers. The letter surrounds water rate increases.
According to the letter, the City of Boonville filed a petition on March 26, 2018 as the result of an order from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission which mandated existing water rates and charges be increased to “continue operation and maintaining its system in good repair.”
The rate increase was approved by the IURC on April 17, 2019.
It will take effect on each customer’s June 2019 water bill, which they will receive in July.
The minimum usage of 2,500 gallons per month is $57.11, which the letter states is the new combined sewer and water minimum bill.
The increase only impacts water and will be a $7.29 jump.
The utility said that the decision to raise rates wasn’t taken lightly, and it was done to comply with state code.
The City of Boonville said rates have been frozen for nearly 10 years.
Even with the increase, the city said its rates are below similarly sized utilities such as Newburgh.
An “Outside City Rate” will also be instituted for the first time. That will impact water-only customers who are not city residents. Those with a hydrant within 1,000 feet of their property will have a water rate of $30.07, and those that don’t have a hydrant within 1,000 feet will have a water rate of $24.46.
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