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Water bill in Pasco neighborhood may go up $11 per month


Published:   |   Updated: June 24, 2013 at 05:47 PM
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Monthly water bills in one Pasco County neighborhood eventually could go up by as much as $11 under a rate increase being considered by the state's utility regulators on Tuesday.

Utilities Inc. of Florida (UIF), which provides water to Forest Lake Estates just outside of Zephyrhills, is asking the Florida Public Service Commission to approve the increase. UIF's last rate increase request was in 2009.

The typical Pasco residential water bill, assuming 5,000 gallons used, is $31.52 a month. That's based on the rate as of Dec. 31, 2011, according to commission records.

UIF is asking for an interim increase that would bump that monthly bill to $37.71-or $6.19 more per month-and a final increase to $43.10 a month, or $11.58 more per month.

Commission staff, on the other hand, is recommending an interim increase that would raise the typical monthly bill to $33.15, or $1.63 more per month.

UIF seeks a total water revenue increase in Pasco of $174,950, or 19 percent, records show.

 “We’re just trying to get our revenues more in line with our expenses,” said Steven Lubertozzi, chief regulatory officer for Utilities Inc., parent company of Utilities Inc. of Florida.

UIF is a division of Utilities Inc., based in Northbrook, Ill. It provides water and wastewater service to 22 communities in Marion, Orange, Pasco, Pinellas and Seminole counties.

Florida's five-member Public Service Commission, which regulates the state's investor-owned utilities, meets Tuesday morning in Tallahassee. More information can be found at its website, www.floridapsc.com.

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