Jasper Water Rates To Go Up; How Much Is Yet To Be Determined

JASPER (NNDC) – What is known is the City of Jasper is about to raise its water rates! What’s not known is how much?

A recently completed rate study by the Indianapolis-based Umbaugh and Associates says several recent unfunded, but state-mandated projects the city has taken on are the main reasons for the rate hike.

They include the new ultraviolet treatment equipment which cost the city more than $1 million and the Third Avenue water main replacement project which was another $1 million.

Bud Hauersperger, the city’s utilities general manager says those projects did not have grant money available like the Beaver Lake Dam & Spillway project so the city paid for those two projects.

Hauersperger also says the 2008 shutdown of the city’s power plant has been a strain on water revenues ever since.  The power plant, when operating, was the city’s largest water customer.

Hauersperger says the city has asked Umbaugh to review it numbers from the initial study and recommend ways to keep the rate increase as low as possible.

Umbaugh is expected to attend the April utilities board board meeting with a revised rate hike recommendation.  Hauersperger says even after the rate increase, Jasper water customers will still have rates among the lowest for Indiana cities its size.

The rate hike is expected to put in place sometime this summer.

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