By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
GREENCASTLE, Pa. - About 170 customers of Lincoln Utilities, a small private water company serving two subdivisions in Southern Franklin County near State Line, Pa., saw their water rates increase last month, a spokeswoman for the utility said.
Lincoln Utilities, based in Greencastle, asked the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission for permission to raise its rates by 83 percent, said Janet Miller, a Harrisburg, Pa., attorney who represents the company. The PUC allowed a rate hike closer to 61 percent, Miller said.
The new rates, which took effect Jan. 28, cost Lincoln Utilities customers $4.94 per 1,000 gallons used. The old rate was $3 per 1,000 gallons, Miller said.