Bargersville prepares to levy fire hydrant fee

Bargersville residents should get ready to see a new charge on their monthly water bills as soon as this spring.

The town is considering shifting a fee that’s currently paid with property tax dollars onto monthly water bills, utilities superintendent Kevin Killinger said.

About 3,000 Bargersville homes and businesses would see an increase of $13.50 a month when they start paying a fire hydrant fee through their monthly bills instead of their property taxes. About 7,000 residents and other property owners who already pay the fee with their water bills every month will continue to pay it, but Bargersville has lowered the fee from $20 to $13.50 for all customers.

The town is responsible for many more hydrants after its recent annexations north to Stones Crossing Road and doesn’t bring in enough property tax revenue to continue to pay for the $500,000 annual cost of maintaining them, Killinger said.

Bargersville isn’t the first Johnson County community to make the switch. Whiteland and New Whiteland residents already pay the fee on their monthly bills.

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