Leatherstocking Gas has a 10-year socialized cost for installing most gas lines. What that means is there is no direct, up-front cost for you to get natural gas. Everyone that becomes a customer pays a portion of their monthly bill, based on usage, as a temporary construction charge.
This charge is known as a Contribution in Aid of Construction or CIAC charge. The CIAC charge will disappear in 10 years from the date the first customer was connected in a particular township or borough. On your bill, the CIAC charge is noted as “CBOCF” (Construction Build Out CIAC Fee) and is charged at $0.30 per ccf of natural gas used.
For Bridgewater residents, the CIAC charge will end in November of 2023. For Montrose residents, the CIAC charge will end in October 2024, and the Dimock CIAC will end in February 2025.
Keep in mind that after the 10 years is up in a particular township, the company may then charge each individual person or business for a portion of the installation of natural gas piping based on the length of the main and the service line. This will be determined in a future rate case with the PUC and is unknown at this time.