Water company seeks statewide rate hike

Jan. 26—One month after an increase in St. Joseph's electric rates, another utility appears to be heading down a similar path. Missouri American Wa...

February 1, 2023
4:36 AM

Jan. 26—One month after an increase in St. Joseph's electric rates, another utility appears to be heading down a similar path. Missouri American Water is seeking a 32% rate hike for a typical residential customer in St. Joseph. If the Missouri Public Service Commission grants approval, Missouri American would see a 25% increase in overall sewer and wastewater revenue. That amounts to about $99.6 million for the company. It's all too much for Virginia Weigum, an 82-year-old St. Joseph woman. "I am very concerned that seniors and people on fixed income cannot afford a large increase," she said.

Greg Kozol