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Watseka Raising Water & Sewer Rates

Following up on an earlier committee vote, the Watseka City Council this week voted to increase water and sewer rates.

A graduated rate hike begins May 1st and will increase each year thru 2016.  The City Council voted 4-2 in favor, with aldermen Mike Marcier and Tim Mathewson casting No votes.

Marcier had suggested  discussion and a plan before implementing an increase.  Mathewson said the increase is going to be difficult on too many people; adding the times isn’t right for a rate hike.

Former alderman Tony Laucius calls the rate hike another tax people are already paying.  He also questions why a tax continues on a bond issuance that’s already been retired ?  He said a bond was issued years ago to build the city’s water treatment plant.  That—he said---was supposed to end when the bond was retired.


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