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Public Hearings for Water Rate Hike Request

Customers of the Iowa-American Water Company can tell state officials what they think about a possible rate increase. Thursday night in Clinton, the Iowa Utilities Board will host the first of three customer comment hearings.

In August the company announced a request for a nine per cent increase in rates, that would affect more than 200,000 people in Clinton and the Iowa Quad Cities.

Thursday night's hearing begins at 5:30 at the Wild Rose Casino. A second meeting will be held in Davenport next Wednesday (10/21) at the River Center, with a third meeting to be held virtually on October 28th.

Attendees at the in-person hearings in Clinton and Davenport must wear masks and keep a safe distance between themselves and others. The utililities board is also accepting written comments online.

Iowa-American says the increase will help pay for millions of dollars worth of water system improvements - since the last rate request in 2016, and for proposed spending during the next two years. 

The board has up to ten months to make a decision. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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