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Sewer Rates Increasing More Than 50% In Bloomington

The city council unanimously approved a more than 50-percent hike in sewer rates.

Bloomington City Council

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The Bloomington City Council at a regular meeting Wednesday.

The Bloomington city council voted unanimously Wednesday night in favor of a sewer increase that will pay for repairs to the wastewater treatment plant, and will cover the rising costs of water treatment.

According to Councilman Steve Volan, rates have been essentially subsidized for residents and businesses for the last few years, and this increase will offset that backlog of fees.

“Basically people have been getting a discount for a while,” he says, “because the costs have been going up, but we haven’t raised the rates enough to manage costs.”

Volan also says capital improvements the facility will undergo are long overdue for the aging plant.

According to one councilman, the rates will increase $15-$25 for an average family.  The rates will only rise for wastewater treatment; as water and storm sewer usage prices will remain unchanged..

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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