Battle Ground residents worried over water rate increase

Battle Ground Citizens are worried about their water sustainability after their water rate increased early this August.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 5:27 PM

BATTLE GROUND, Ind. (WLFI) - Battle Ground Citizens are worried about their water sustainability after their water rate increased early this August.

Residents living throughout Battle Ground are facing a water increase by fifty-six percent.

Battle Ground Conservancy District Chairman, Carrol Watson, says it’s not all what it seems.

“We do have sustainability, we're going to have a 150,000 gallon tank out on our well fields. We have projects lined up to improve our infrastructure that are well within our budget for the new rate increase,” said Watson.

Watson said that over the past few weeks there have been rumors circulating online about the water conservancy board.

“There is an anonymous website that is putting out information that is not correct,” said Watson.

On Wednesday, the water conservancy board held a meeting to address these issues.

“So, one way in our meeting this week is that we decided that we would reach people - is actually take that point by point and say, here’s what’s being said and here’s what’s really going on,” stated Watson.

Concerned citizen, Mark Kinsey, gave his input on why he is worried about the financial state of the town and doesn’t believe they can sustain it.

“My concern is how is this going to affect us, and other consumers moving forward. You know, where are we going? Is this enough to truly help out with the aging infrastructure and the needs of our community,” stated Kinsey.

The board said that their goal for the increase is to improve their water overall.

“The independent consultants looked at what our needs were, and said here’s what your user rate needs to be to maintain your water system and to move forward,” stated Watson.

Watson said she wants the community to understand they are choosing the best financial option that community members can afford.

“Come downtown to our town hall and actually talk with people and find out what’s going on," stated Watson. "If people actually take the time to read and look at the facts, they’ll see.”

Watson says originally the independent consultants told the board should increase the rate by seventy-six percent, but declined to do so, saying that would be too high for their community.

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