HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) ó A Lake County commissioner wants Northern Indiana
Public Service Co.ís proposed 7.9 percent electric rate increase rejected,
but a utility spokesman says itís necessary.
The Times of Munster and the Merrillville Post-Tribune report about 150
people spoke out on the rate increase Thursday during a public hearing in
County commissioner Gerry Scheub questioned the value of a rate increase
when people are losing their homes. He noted that 15,000 county parcels are
being sold for back taxes.
NIPSCO says its rates lag behind the national average. Under the rate
increase the average bill would rise about $6 per month to nearly $81.
NIPSCO spokesman Nick Meyer says the utility needs the higher rates to
improve customer service, invest in infrastructure and create programs to
help customers manage their bills.