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ITW: Citizen's CEO talks rate increase requests

Posted at 2:29 PM, Sep 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-27 14:29:05-04

On Indianapolis This Week, Citizens Energy Group CEO Jeff Harrison explained the need for rate increases, and what is needed to fix the city's infrastructure.

Earlier this week, Citizens filed a petition with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to increase wastewater rates.  If approved, the average $35 monthly water bill would increase by $15 starting in July 2016 and another $3 a year later. 

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In June, Citizens Energy Group filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for an increase in water rates.

If that request is approved, the average homeowner’s bill would increase by $6 a month starting in 2016.

"It’s about taking care of a critical need, critical infrastructure, here in the community," Harrison told Indianapolis This Week Host Rafael Sanchez. 

Watch the full Harrison interview on Indianapolis This Week in the video player above. 

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Also on ITW, former Indiana Governor Joe Kernan talked exclusively with Indianapolis This Week Host Rafael Sanchez. 

Kernan, a Democrat, said he has not decided who he will vote for in 2016, but he did have something to say about GOP front runner Donald Trump. 

"I don't think there's a chance in hell he'll be the next president, let alone the nominee."

Kernan also discussed his efforts to streamline local governments and schools. 

"It is top heavy. It is redundant. It's unnecessary in many different ways," Kernan said. 

Watch the entire interview in the video player above.