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MAYOR COMBATS LEGISLATION: Daniel speaks in opposition of new bill

April 8, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel was at the Indiana Statehouse last week to testify concerning a piece of legislation.

House Bill 1307 was being discussed. The bill would allow customers of sewer and water utilities to appeal rates to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) if they live outside of the corporate limits of the city.

Daniel testified against the legislation. He was asked to do so by the Indiana Association of Cities and Towns (IACT).

“Basically, what the legislation does is expand the IURC’s jurisdiction in some cases to some sewer utilities,” Daniel said.

IACT opposes this legislation because it can hamper cities’ growth. Daniel said the bill would force utilities of municipalities to charge current customers if there was an expansion. He added cities do not annex for profit for their utilities.

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