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CITY SEWER RATE INFORMATION

Below is some additional information to answer a few questions that have come in from various residents in regard to the recent sewer rate increase:

  • The city rarely uses an estimate to determine water usage.  All meters are read EACH month.  The only time an estimate would be used is if the meter won’t read and is in need of some repair.  This is usually only 1-2 meters in any given month out of the almost 1,300 meters that get read.
  • The usage/meter reads on bills are several weeks behind.  For example:  The 1-1-18 bill would have covered a usage timeframe of roughly the first week of November through the first week of December.  If there is ever any question, the exact dates can be obtained from City Hall.
  • The increase to our customers is $4.27 per thousand and affects the SEWER rate only.  There was no change to the water or garbage rates.
  • It is illegal for us to offer a different rate for seniors so therefore we are not allowed to do any type of senior discount.
  • Yes, the city DID apply for and get a $600,000 grant to put toward this $3.2M project.  That was taken into account when the new sewer rates were established.

We know that the additional rates are not desired or welcomed by anyone.  However the costs to add the Ultraviolet Disinfection and Flow Equalization Basin additions to our Water Pollution Control Facility that are required by the DNR have to get covered.  We felt the fairest way to raise those funds was to increase the sewer rate so that all sewer users were impacted based on their usage.

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