Belleville holds hearing on sewer plant work, rate hike

News-DemocratAugust 13, 2013 

— Residents interested in learning why their sewer bills could increase can attend a public hearing Wednesday.

Belleville must make more than $100 million of upgrades to its sewer system to meet federal mandates and the city is proposing sewer rate increases to pay for the work.

Officials from the city and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency will make presentations starting at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 101 S. Illinois St.

When city leaders approved the sewer system overhaul and expansion in 2008, officials estimated rates would go up about 3.5 percent annually and the average residents' bill could more than double by 2023.

Officials will announce the proposed rate increases on Wednesday, but the increases likely will be more than projected in 2008 because the EPA has required additional work and construction costs have increased.

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