Johnsburg Water Rate Hike Hearing Monday

From State Rep. Steve Reick:

ICC to Host Local Hearing on Proposed Utilities, Inc. Rate Hike

water_rate_hike.jpgThe Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) is hosting a public hearing on Monday, May 7 to gather public input about a water rate hike proposed by Utilities, Inc.

The hearing will be held at Johnsburg High School, 2002 West Ringwood Road in Johnsburg and begins at 7:00 PM. The proposed rate increase would affect many residents of the Johnsburg area.

Earlier this year Representative Barbara Wheeler (R-Crystal Lake) and I sent a letter to the ICC requesting the hearing after we were contacted by many residents who said they have had their rates increased several times over the last decade.

The current rate hike, if implemented, would be the third rate increase for water and sewer since 2009 for these people.

The constituents who contacted me, many of whom are living on fixed incomes, asked me to help facilitate a local platform where they can come and provide testimony on how this latest rate increase would affect their family budgets, and for some, their ability to remain in their homes.

In 2009, Utilities Inc. serviced the affected area at a monthly rate of $5.14 and consumption rates of $3.14 per 1,000 gallons.

If the latest request is approved by the ICC, those customers would soon have to pay a rate of $35.03 per month with consumption rates of $11.08 per 1,000 gallons; a 353% increase in water/sewer service costs in just eight years

Considering the Consumer Price Index has only risen 13 percent since 2009, increasing rates by more than 350 percent for a necessity like water is extreme.

We have offered to help coordinate the meeting.


Johnsburg Water Rate Hike Hearing Monday — 1 Comment

  1. LandShark (aka. Jim Kearns) is everything that’s wrong with politics. An anonymous posting coward who has lived off the taxpayers. I wonder what the State’s Attorney will find out in his investigation of Grafton Township… The Kearns-Evertson team of conflicted high tax “Republicans” will destroy the Republican Party. It’s really ironic that liberal Pam Althoff (the ultimate Springfield insider) has teamed up with Minuteman Evertsen to support higher taxes. Watch the size of Pam’s pension increase when she retire early. A lot more news coming on cougar Pam and Evertsen very soon….

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