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UTILITY PULLOUT: City finalizes IURC withdrawal

April 24, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Common Council held its third and final reading to withdraw the city’s water and electric utilities from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) Tuesday.

This was the final step for the city to take. A formal letter will still be sent to the IURC and there will be a waiting period before the move becomes official.

Before voting on the measures, which both passed unanimously, the council heard public comment.

Dick Goodwin, of Columbia City, offered comment on behalf of a person he knew. The chief concerns came with the city losing regulatory oversight, which he felt the council addressed, and the possibility of a rate cap.

“The economy is right now is horrible,” Goodwin said. “Everyone is getting butchered. None of us are immune to this thing. I would appeal to you to look into that avenue of the little old lady on Social Security who only gets one percent (increased per year) and you raise it three percent. That’s devastating to her. I don’t claim to have a cure, I wouldn’t want to be in your shoes.”

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