Water utility pitches rate cut

Thousands of Center Grove area residents would see their monthly water bills drop if a change in the rates is approved.

Bargersville Utilities, which serves 13,500 customers in Bargersville and the southern Center Grove area, heard repeated complaints about a fee for residents with sprinkler systems and wanted to reduce rates after a new water plant was built last year. The town decided to do a study, which found that the utility could cut its rates and still be able to pay for expenses, such as staff and debt.

The town council is considering a proposal that would reduce the rate the utility charges per 1,000 gallons of water used, lower the monthly base rate and eliminate a charge for customers with a built-in sprinkler system. But the proposal also could increase rates for commercial and industrial businesses.

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