Lynnville and Sully Alliant Energy natural gas customers, the only communities in Jasper County with the service, are invited to weigh in on the company's proposal to raise rates at public hearings set next month.
In late May, Alliant filed a request with the Iowa Utilities Board to raise its natural gas service rates for its customers in Iowa. The proposed 5.6 percent increase would generate about $14.8 million in additional revenue.
A temporary revenue increase of $3.3 percent that increases Alliant's revenues by $8.6 million, which does not need pre-approval by the Utilities Board under Iowa law, went into effect on June 4.
If the board's final rates are less than the temporary rates, the difference collected by Alliant is returned to its customers.
Other nearby communities and areas included in the rate hike proposal include Grinnell and Malcom in Poweshiek County, Pella and Knoxville in Marion County and nearly all of Marshall, Story and Tama counties.
The closest public hearing on the rate increase request is being held at 5:30 p.m. July 19 at the Fisher Community Center, 709 South Center Street, in Marshalltown.
Written comments may also be emailed to customer(at sign)iub.iowa.gov or at the Utility Board's web site.
A final decision is set in the case is anticipated by March 25, 2013.