The City of Bloomington Utilities Department, responsible for the delivery of drinking water and the removal of waste and storm sewage, presented its budget to the City Council last night…a budget significantly higher than last year.
The rising budget is largely due to a new expansion of its Lake Monroe Water Treatment plant. Bids for the new plant go out next month, and the price tag is expected to be around $40 million.
According to Patrick Murphy, Director of Utilities, the rate increase for customers has been gradually increasing.
“Its going to be phased in 15 (percent) and then it will be compounded at 33, which equals 50,” he said, “so its about a 50 percent across the board. Its based on gallon usage, so if you conserve you pay less.”
Murphy says the expansion will allow an additional 6,000,000 gallons of water to be processed annually at the plant.
In addition to City Utilities, the Police and Fire Departments, along with Bloomington Transit presented budgets to the council.
The council has been hearing budget proposals all week, and will take a final vote in September.