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Public Service Commission balks at water rate hike in Pasco County

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The Florida Public Service Commission delayed a vote Tuesday on whether to allow a private utility to boost rates so it can switch customers from the unpleasant-tasting, discolored, sediment-filled water it supplies, to cleaner water provided by Pasco County. Residents of the Summertree retirement community in New Port Richey and county officials objected to the proposed 5.35 percent rate hike, urging the regulators to either kill it or delay a vote. Commissioners questioned whether Utilities Inc. of Florida could pay for the cleaner…

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