Evansville OKs sewer rate hike
Evansville wastewater rate increases
The Evansville City Council on Tuesday approved these sewer rate increases:
Existing rate for a residential user
$3.75 per month fixed rate
$2.95 per thousand gallons of water variable rate
New rate as of Jan. 1 for a residential user
$5.52 per month fixed rate
$4.65 per thousand gallons of water variable rate
EVANSVILLE The Evansville City Council unanimously approved a plan to raise sewer rates more than 55 percent Tuesday, but the plan is structured to encourage users to conserve water and not hit single-person households as hard with minimal usage, President Mason Braunschweig said.
The plan provides examples for two "average" residential users: A 30,000-gallon-a-year user, such as grandma living alone, will see an increase from $134 to $206 a year. A 60,000-gallon-a-year user, such as a family with two kids, will seen an increase from $220 to $345 a year.
Many council members serve on the finance or public works committees, and were aware of the plan before it came before the full council.
The public works committee has discussed the increases at its last couple meetings, sending an informal recommendation to the finance committee last month after choosing between other options, Braunschweig said.
The rates were structured to encourage water conservation, Braunschweig said. It also won't financially break a single person on a fixed income, for example, because the fixed rate increase is "relatively nominal," he said.
The increases will go into effect Jan. 1 and are a result of the improvement project at the wastewater treatment facility on Water Street. C.D. Smith Construction of Fond du Lac started construction Aug. 31 on the $7.2 million project, which is scheduled to be done by the end of 2010.
The city will receive $4.08 million in federal stimulus money for the project.
The planned increase is subject to a review by the state Department of Natural Resources.