Grand Island Public Works to request sewage rate increase from City Council

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - The Grand Island City Council is hosting a special study session Tuesday evening to hear more about the Public Works Department's Wastewater Rate study.

Water at the treatment plant undergoes the process of being cleaned. (Credit: Alicia Naspretto, KSNB)

The department is proposing raising sewer rates 2.5% percent for the next two years, then another 2.25% for two years after that. The additional income would help start fixing parts of the south interceptor and some other work at the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

"I think what we are going to propose is the least cost to the rate payers and using the cash in bank we already have for the projects," City of Grand Island Finance Director Patrick Brown told Local4 News. "It's a sound financial plan going forward."

The idea was originally presented to the council last month, but they decided to move discussion to a study session instead of voting.

"It was presented at a meeting November 16th, I believe," Brown said. "They wanted us to come back and look at some different options. We did our due diligence and we are going to report back to them."

The City Council will not be making any decisions on this issue during their study. Decisions will be made at next week's regular meeting.