Meager turnout for public hearing on Fort Wayne water rate hike

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): There’s apparent apathy toward a proposed water rate increase for Fort Wayne.

The City announced back in June that they would raise water rates to cover the cost of replacing the city’s aging water pipes.

Despite that leading to some angry reactions online from citizens, only five people showed up at a public hearing held by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission about it last night, and only two spoke against it.

“For senior citizens, (you) keep raising the rates, and we don’t get a raise from Social Security… it’s really making it hard,” says Kathleen Becker,¬†speaking with our Partners in News at ABC 21.

The City says they plan to raise rates by $1.50 every month for the next several years to replace pipes installed between 1920 and 1970 that are failing at a rapid pace.

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