Sewer bills in La Crosse will be rising, following a vote by the Board of Public Works at its weekly Monday morning public meeting.
The average residential customer will be charged an extra $5.30 a month for sewer service, so the city can cover rising maintenance costs and make up for a sewage treatment plant upgrade, which cost $11 million more than originally planned.
A study of local rates suggests that the average sewer cost in La Crosse could be raised about 3 percent a year, starting in 2025.
Tina Erickson, the finance manager for La Crosse’s sewer utility, said a big factor in the rate hikes is the cost of a recent upgrade to the sewage treatment plant, which came in higher than predicted in a 2019 study.
Erickson added that the hiring of new staff and rising costs related to COVID-19 also contributed to the rate increase.