American Suburban Utilities

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Tippecanoe County’s American Suburban Utilities, or ASU, will get most of the rate hike it requested, but not all.

Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, or IURC, has approved a three-phase price hike that increases fees more than 60 percent. When it’s complete, residential bills will go from $47.50 a month to more than $77.24.

The privately-owned waste water utility wanted to charge $85.18 per month.

The Office of Utility Consumer Counselor countered with a recommendation of $60.80 per month.

American Suburban Utilities Rate Increase Decision Delayed

Jun 28, 2016
Chris Morisse Vizza

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says it needs an additional two months to review American Suburban Utilities’ rate hike request due to the method the utility used to formulate its proposed rates.

The Commission says the privately-owned wastewater utility near West Lafayette used a hybrid test-period to calculate rate increases phased in over three years – a methodology the Commission has not seen before.

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A rate hike requested by American Suburban Utilities is now in the hands of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

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American Suburban Utilities would receive about half of its requested rate hike and plant expansion under a recommendation from the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.

The privately-owned wastewater utility in September asked to increase its flat monthly residential rate from $47.50 a month to $93.36 a month by July 2018.  The company later reduced the increase to $89.63.

City of West Lafayette / http://westlafayette.in.gov/

The State Street redesign is one of the most ambitious – and costly – projects the city of West Lafayette has ever attempted.

But is its expected $60-80 million price tag an albatross around the city’s neck that prevents leaders from improving water infrastructure at a time some west side residents are complaining they’re poorly served?

John Dennis faces that question and more this week on Ask The Mayor.

Also coming up in this half hour: Speaking of projects that have hung around too long, a listener wants to know when she can get back into Happy Hollow Park.

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10:00 p.m. Tuesday Update:

Some Tippecanoe County residents are hoping the Indiana Department of Environmental Management will hear them when they say a utility company’s expansion plan is bad news for the environment.

Private wastewater utility company American Suburban Utilities, which provides service to many residents on northwest of West Lafayette, has submitted a permit application that proposes to more than double the capacity of its Carriage Estates Treatment Plant, a move residents are opposing on both environmental and more pragmatic grounds.

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More than one hundred Tippecanoe County residents packed into the Harrison High School auditorium Monday evening to protest, often fervently, a water rate hike proposed by provider American Suburban Utilities.

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Tippecanoe County residents served by American Suburban Utilities will make their case this evening against the company’s plan to double the monthly sewer fee within three years.

ASU owner Scott Lods notified customers in September that he wants to increase fees to cover the cost of expanding a waste water treatment plant, as well as upgrading sewer lines and three lift stations.