Why are Belleville sewer bills going to double in next 10 years?

News-DemocratSeptember 24, 2013 

— There will be two more opportunities this week for Belleville sewer customers to learn why sewer bills will double in the next 10 years.

Belleville officials are considering three ways to pay for $127.3 million of upgrades to the city's sewer system required by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Each of the options will increase sewer bills, but vary in whether they bring in enough money to contribute to current projects, future work or the city's reserves for emergencies related to the sewer system.

The sewer system will be expanded to fix sewage backup issues and prevent the pumping of waste into area creeks during heavy rain.

The increases affect all residents and businesses using Belleville sewers.

City Treasurer Dean Hardt and Wastewater and Sewer Plant Department Director Royce Carlisle will be at the following meetings to present about the increases:

* The Pleasant Hill Neighborhood Association, along with the aldermen of Belleville Wards 1 and 2, have organized a meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday in the basement of Christ United Church of Christ, 26 N. 14th St.

* The West End Promotional Committee will have a meeting at 8 a.m. Friday in the Belleville District 201 Boardroom at Lindenwood University-Belleville, 2600 W. Main St.

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