Water rate increase for Holland, IN approved

Water rate increase for Holland, IN approved

DUBOIS CO., IN (WFIE) - A water rate increase has been approved for the town of Holland in Dubois County.

Town officials in Holland voted to approve a 19.3 percent rate increase at a public hearing Wednesday night.

The increase is down from the anticipated 25 percent increase to cover construction of two water towers and a rate increase from Patoka Regional Water and Sewage.

Holland Town Manager Tom Thacker said the rate increase was “just something we’ve got to live with.”

14 News spoke with Thacker about a month ago, when the news of the rate increase first came out. He told 14 News that plans to renovate the towers started long before Patoka made their announcement and they HAVE to go forward.

" I mean that could have been done a year ago, two years ago, or even 6 months ago," Thacker said. “In a sense it’s a good thing. If we’re already raising rates we can go ahead and raise them to make up for that amount.”

The 19.3 percent increase will start this year.

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