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People upset over continuous sewer rate increases

About 150 people filled the Hoagland Community Center to express their concerns with the Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District.

Posted: May. 1, 2018 11:08 PM
Updated: May. 2, 2018 10:38 AM

HOAGLAND, Ind. (WFFT) - A sewer line connecting Hoagland and Fort Wayne is moving forward.

About 150 people filled the Hoagland Community Center to express their concerns with the Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District.

Many people were upset about the continuous rate hikes.

Back in 2015, the sewer district approved gradual rate increases to bring the district to a blended rate, which meaning everyone in the district will pay the same.

Right now, people in Hoagland are paying about $65 a month, with another 6 percent increase next year.

People in Hoagland are projected to pay $132 just for sewer service in 2030.

"We all want clean water, we want a clean environment, but we believe we are being charged excessively for that to happen than other areas of the county," said Don Niemeyer, Hoagland Chamber of Commerce.

"I'm an independent business woman. If i had rate increases like that, I would be out of business. There's no way anybody is going to continue to use your services," said Kelly Litnon, Hoagland resident.

The sewer board said connecting Hoagland's lagoon system to Fort Wayne's system is the cheapest option to meet Indiana Department of Environmental Management requirementents.

Construction is expected to end at the end of the year.

Members of the Allen County Regional Water and Sewer District would not comment after the meeting.

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