Lincoln aldermen approve rate
structure for future sewerage billing
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[November 08, 2018]
On Monday evening, the Lincoln City Council with six members present
unanimously approved the formula by which monthly sewer rates will
be determined. The new rates and billing are expected to begin at
the start of the new year.
The motion was made to approve the formula that takes the last three
months of each calendar year’s actual water usage for each Illinois
American Water customer and establish a monthly average. Using that
average the sewer billing will be established for the next 12
Engineers for Crawford, Murphy and Tilly had recommended a billing
structure that would create levels of usage with a total of four
Zero to 1,000 gallons of water usage would equate to a $25 monthly
sewer bill. In the second level, $35 would be billed for water usage
averaging between 1,001 and 4,000 gallons. Level three would be
4,001 gallons to 8,000 and would cost $45 per month for the sewer.
The last level would be all amounts averaging more than 8,000
gallons of water usage per month and the billing amount for the
sewer would be $55 per month. (Note - this structure relates
strictly to the sewer bills and has no impact on water bills issued
by Illinois American Water.)
Monday night the motion was made to approve this formula, but it was
stressed that the city is not yet prepared to put the new rate
structure into effect. CMT had recommended that the structure take
effect January 1, 2019. However, as alderman Ron Fleshman pointed
out, approving the rates and the structure are only part of the
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In the city of Lincoln, there are several residents who do not reside in Lincoln
during the winter months. Because of this, many have water and sewer turned off,
or at the least, they have little to no water usage in those months.
The city will have to determine how to go about establishing a monthly average
for customers who are not at home in Lincoln all three months of October,
November, and December.
Additionally, there was the question of how to establish a rate for new
customers, those who might move into the city having never lived here before.
And, there was the question of how to handle customers who move from one home to
another within the city – do they take their average with them to their new
During discussion prior to the vote, Fleshman noted the details that still need
to be worked out and requested that the topic be added to the next Committee of
the Whole agenda. That meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 13th.
Aldermen present for the vote included Michelle Bauer, Dayne Dalpoas, Ron
Fleshman, Jeff Hoinacki, Ron Keller and Steve Parrott. Heidi Brown and Tracy
Welch were absent for the evening.