Embezzlement brings water rate hikes

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CASCADE, Colo. (AP) - Cascade water customers are about to see a big jump in their monthly bills because money is missing from the utility.

Homeowners in Cascade will now have to pay an extra $25 a month. Officials say it’s to pay for an embezzlement case involving a former board member.

According to KKTV-TV (http://tinyurl.com/lvv3xmx ), Cascade homeowners questioned the board of commissioners on Tuesday and expressed concerns about the future of their water usage. Cascade Metro Service provides water to homeowners in the area.

A former board member is accused of embezzling close to $500,000 from a grant used to pay Colorado Springs Utilities. Donna Inzer pleaded guilty in 2008 to felony theft and agreed to pay restitution.

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Information from: KKTV-TV, http://www.kktv.com/

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