HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today approved a joint settlement regarding rates for the wastewater system operated by the Borough of Indiana, which includes smaller than requested increases in monthly rates and utility annual revenues.
The Commission voted 5-0 to approve the joint settlement, which will increase sewer system annual revenues by $719,000 – which is approximately 18 percent lower than Borough’s initial request for an increase of $880,920.
The Indiana Borough Sewer system serves approximately 3,200 customers inside the Borough, along with nearly 4,000 customers outside the Borough – located in in White Township, Indiana County. The PUC has jurisdiction over rates that apply to those non-Borough customers.
The total revenue increase amount approved in the settlement involves wastewater system customers both within and outside the Borough boundaries. The approved annual revenue increase that impacts customers outside the Borough boundaries, who are under the PUC’s jurisdiction, amounts to $316,816.
Under the terms of the settlement, the rates will increase across-the-board by approximately 27 percent for all customers, compared to a 33 percent increase in Indiana Borough’s original proposal. The monthly bill for the typical residential wastewater customer will increase from $12.57 to $15.95.
The settlement notes that the Borough’s last rate increase came in 2002, and the settlement approved today includes an agreement that Indiana Borough will not seek another general wastewater services base rate increase for at least two years.
The settlement was supported by the Borough of Indiana, the PUC’s independent Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement and the Pennsylvania Office of Consumer Advocate.
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Docket No.: R-2018-3003141