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INCREASE IMMINENT: South Whitley debates utility rates, considers possible water bill raise

December 14, 2012

SOUTH WHITLEY — High utility bills? Some residents of South Whitley believe the rates appearing on their monthly utility statements are higher than average. In fact, one resident appeared at the town council meeting Tuesday night to voice her concern over an increasing utility bill.

Town council members wanted to know just where utility rates stood in relation to covering costs and preparing for future upgrades.

After undergoing a major waste water treatment plant renovation that was mandated by the state of Indiana and with the recent change in the town’s energy provider, South Whitley Town Council members turned to Umbaugh, a financial firm, for a utility rate analysis.

After using 12 months as a test period, John Julien, a partner with the financial company, reported to the council that in three utility categories, the town was “moving in the right direction.”

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