Higher water bills are cutting into some household budgets more than utilities customers can afford.
Martinsville has not raised its water rate in about six years, and the city says it needs the increase to pay for infrastructure improvements.
The average utilities customer could pay an additional $250 in 2012 when all proposed increases are considered.
The homeless population in Marion County appears the largest it's been in four years.
The rising budget is largely due to a new expansion of its Lake Monroe Water Treatment plant.
The old Monroe Oil building is along a section of the B-Line trail set to open this year.
When the recession deepened in 2009, peak power usage plummeted by 12%. That trend should reverse itself this season.
A 15 percent increase should show up on Bloomington residents' water bills within the next 90 days.