Archive for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Sewer rates go up in city

February 2, 2006, 12:00 a.m.

Updated: February 2, 2006, 8:33 a.m.

Lansing residents and businesses hooked into the city's sanitary sewers will see their rates increase beginning this month.

A 6.25 percent increase in residential rates that was approved last year by the Lansing City Council went into effect with bills mailed Wednesday, Feb. 1, City Clerk Karen Logan said.

The rate increase means an extra $1 per month in sewer charges for homeowners, from $16 to $17.

"It will help offset the cost of the new Wastewater Treatment Plant," City Administrator Mike Smith said.

Late last year, work was completed on a $15.8 million expansion at the plant, which nearly tripled its sewage-treating capacity from 1.3 million gallons per day to 3.3 million gallons per day.

Also going up in price is the cost of new hookups into the city's sewer lines.

The city had been charging $900 for a new residential connection to the city's system, but a survey showed the average price charged by area cities was $1,584. The survey showed a high of $3,000 in Leavenworth to a low of $600 in De Soto.

Council members gave the approval to charge $1,500 for a new residential connection, a 67 percent increase.


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