Township residents can comment on proposed water/sewer rate increase

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By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer

Aqua Ohio is asking the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio to consider a water and sewer rate increase and Madison Township wants residents to know they have opportunities to voice their opinion regarding the request.

According to Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst, the PUCO collects comments on each case it hears and will be hearing the Aqua Ohio case later this year.

“All calls (texts, email, etc.) are transcribed and put into the case record,” said Brobst.
Earlier this year, the township received notice from Aqua Ohio regarding a request to increase water and sewer rates. If the request is approved by the PUCO, it could go into effect as early as the first quarter of 2022.

According to the Ohio Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, on Feb. 6, 2019, the PUCO approved a 3.66 percent system improvement charge for Aqua Ohio following a 2018 application. The company also requested a 3.5 percent improvement charge for households in its servicing area in 2020.

Ohio law allows PUCO-regulated water and wastewater companies to establish a system improvement charge based upon capital improvements and infrastructure replacements it made since its last received PUCO authority to increase rates.

Residents can send their thoughts, petitions, letters, and concerns to the PUCO directly by emailing ContactThePUCO@puco.ohio.gov and should always include the case number, which can be found at dis.puc.state.oh.us/?fbclid=IwAR20f8rwWB6skR9m2BZTa_uVURLW68trsUG-ouRsFav_Q3HlYQoo9tMaUeE.

For help with the process, visit puco.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/puco/help-center/contact-us.

Opioid settlement
Brobst reported on negotiations by the Ohio Attorney General regarding the OneOhio special opioid settlement with three pharmaceutical companies.

“The amount the township will receive is unknown,” said Brobst, who added the settlement is a multi-year option. “Once we receive more information, we’ll have more board discussion.

Trustee Michele Reynolds said the township needs to opt-in to be part of the settlement.
“Attorney General David Yost sued these companies and the settlement is going back to the communities,” said Reynolds.

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