Public no-show at hearing

Not one person showed up to comment on a proposed water rate increase that would affect thousands of Johnson County residents.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, the state board that will consider a request to raise Indiana American Water rates, hosted a public hearing at Franklin Community High School on Tuesday night.

No one came to speak or listen to a planned information session outlining the process for rate changes. The proposed rate increase would be $2.45 a month for most consumers using 5,000 gallons a month, according to a news release from the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the state organization that represents consumers in rate increase requests.

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