The Herald Bulletin

Evening Update

Local Business

February 13, 2014

Council to consider 47 percent water rate hike

Democrats want increase phased-in

ANDERSON – The Anderson City Council will be considering tonight whether to increase water utility rates by 47 percent.

The council meets at 7 p.m. in the council chambers of City Hall and will consider two ordinances involving the water utility.

One ordinance is for an across-the-board rate increase of 47 percent, which will also have to be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The second is for the issuance of $14.3 million for infrastructure upgrades.

With the Democratic Party holding a 7-to-2 majority on the council, the rate increase could prove to be a tough sell for the administration of Mayor Kevin Smith.

Councilman David Eicks, chairman of the council’s budget committee, said Wednesday he asked the administration to lower the amount of the increase being requested.

“I want to see it lowered significantly,” he said. “If the 47 percent increase is deemed to be necessary it should be phased in over time.”

Eicks recommended a 15 percent increase every two years for six years.

“It’s too big a hit,” he said of the 47 percent rate increase request. “I agree our water resources are an asset for the city. I just need to be sure the increase is warranted.”

Eicks said he requested the city provide additional information to the council before the meeting on the impact of spreading the increase out over several years.

Several council members have indicated that local residents are concerned about the 47 percent increase, which will raise the minimum charge for up to 3,000 gallons from $13.36 to $19.62 per month and for the average customer from $18.98 to $27.88 for using up to 5,000 gallons.

Council members could vote to lower the percentage of the proposed increase.

Pete Heuer, chairman of the Anderson Board of Public Works, said the administration is willing to discuss any proposal from the council.

“We want to explain why the increase is needed, which is based on sound accounting practices,” Heuer said.

Text Only
Local Business
  • Senior housing request continued A request for final plat approval for a senior housing development on property near Madison Park Church of God was continued Tuesday. The Anderson Plan Commission could not consider the request because of a lack of a quorum to conduct business.

    July 22, 2014

  • Street Department purchases 2 pickup trucks The Anderson Street Department received approval to buy two Dodge Ram pickup trucks on Tuesday.

    July 22, 2014

  • FEA - HB0722 - SAVI - 1 Staying strong during adversity When doctors told Judy Best she had cancer she was shocked, but she never lost hope.

    July 22, 2014 2 Photos

  • NWS - HB0721 - 4-H parade 3 - DH Scholarship recipients relish parade acknowledgement

    Taylor Jennings and Shelby Farmer took their last stroll around their hometown Sunday. At least, their last before starting college in the fall.

    July 20, 2014 5 Photos

  • Senior housing sought for Madison Park A senior housing development proposed almost six months ago for the Madison Park Church of God property is now moving forward.

    July 20, 2014

  • Wilkerson, Jesse mug Jesse Wilkerson: Unplug to reconnect I am inspired and influenced by people in our community who are creating a legacy of service. These people have disconnected long enough to realize there is more to their life than their job or personal success.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • BIZ-HB0720-Coldbeer-TM.jpg Brouhaha over cold beer

    Warm beer lines the shelves inside the Ricker’s BP on Eighth Street less than a foot from a refrigerated section, but the convenience store is not planning to move the beer anytime soon. That’s because a state law prohibits Ricker’s from selling cold beer to customers.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Biz- HB0720 - HP Cycle Ski Biz Profile- TM Business Profile: Cycle shop owners fix-ated on power sport equipment When Mark Hains and Michael Palmieri opened a service and repair shop for power sport equipment, they were prepared to heavily invest in their dreams.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Business People: July 20 A compilation of news items featuring members of the Madison County business community.

    July 19, 2014

  • Clark, Big Joe mug 'Big Joe' Clark: Who’s helping support the U.S. housing market? Recently we have heard chatter of foreign investment in our country and that seems to concern inquiring minds. Apparently some minds are especially concerned when the buyers are from China.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

Stocks
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide