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Knightsville to cut ties with IURC

Tuesday, May 11, 2004

The town of Knightsville is planning to cut its relations with the Indiana Utilities Regulation Commission, a town official said.

The town is expected to vote itself out of its association with the IURC at its monthly meeting, tonight at 7 p.m. Knightsville "borrows" water from Brazil to supply its township and residents of Harmony.

Linda Minnick, the town's water superintendent, said that a couple factors led to the town's expected decision. By eliminating its ties with the IURC, the town will cut back on the red tape it has to go through and the money it has to spend on its utilities.

"It's expensive," she said. "It's time consuming. The costs we get (from our association with the IURC), we have to pass on to our customers."

To raise costs on certain charges, such as the reconnect fee, the town must go through the IURC. If Knightsville is removed from the IURC's jurisdiction, however, the decision will be left up to the town. Additionally, Minnick said that several towns in Indiana have already removed themselves from the IURC.

"We're not a for-profit organization," Minnick said. "We're just trying to break even. As it stands now, we're going in the hole."

Mayor Tom Arthur said that Brazil is not under the IURC's jurisdiction. Clay City, however, is. At press time, no other utilities within the county could be reached.

Minnick said she thinks the association was mandatory when the IURC was first formed. She has worked at the Knightsville water office since 1979, and they were under the commission's jurisdiction since "before then."

She said that the town council has tossed around the idea of removing itself from the IURC for several years now, but it was always too complicated to bother with. The commission recently made it easier to get out, however, and the town council decided to "take advantage of it."

Currently, the State Board of Accounts audits city water every two years. Minnick said this is another factor in the city's decision.

"It's starting to become obsolete," she said.

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