Council approves sewer rate increase and adds more security to housing areas

By Beau Ebenezer

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Residents will see sewer rates increase this summer along with more security on Peoria Housing Authority properties.

Tuesday night, the Peoria City Council approved two 15 percent sewer rate increases.

Residents with homes on city sewer lines will see their average bill increase by more than $3. The average increase will be slightly under $2 for those with homes on the Greater Peoria Sanitary District sewer lines.

City Officials said the rate hike will help them prepare for a 57 percent loss of customers to the Sanitary District by the end of 2014.

The new rates will take effect on May 1.

"What we are really trying to do is just keep pace with where the Sanitary District rates are, cover our costs, and make sure that our sewer rates are staying within the budgeted amounts that we have for them," said Peoria City Manager, Patrick Urich. "The increase is nominal, but it is what we need to do to maintain our sewer system."

The Peoria City Council also voted unanimously to approve the purchase of a third Armadillo surveillance truck. According to officials, the new armored truck is being donated to the city at no cost.

The city's agreement with the Peoria Housing Authority gives maintenance costs to the Housing Authority while the trucks will be operated and owned by the city.

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