The city of Decorah has received no objections to proposed 1.9 percent increases in water and sewer rates.
The third and final reading of an ordinance amendment to increase the rates was unanimously approved by the Decorah City Council last week. The first reading was approved at the Council’s last meeting in April; three readings are required before an ordinance can be considered for adoption.
The 1.9 increase is based on this year’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) rate. In 2012 the Council asked city staff to annually recommend increases equal to the CPI to keep up with the expense of providing water and sewer service. The Council decides annually whether to implement the increase.
City Manager Chad Bird said that the water and sewer funds are “still precarious and need this type of annual support to continue to keep pace with not only rising costs but to establish funds needed for emergency repairs and small capital improvement projects.”
The new rates take effect July 1.