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Wausau sewer rates to increase

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) – It’ll cost Wausau residents more to flush a toilet next year.

The city’s Wausau Works Commission has recommended increasing sewer rates by 25 percent in 2010 and by five percent each in 2011 and 2012.

The City Council will vote on the increase in two weeks.

While the percentages seem large, the actual impact on utility bills won’t be as much, said public works director Joe Gehin. And he says Wausau will still have one of the smallest rates even with the increase.

An average family of three can expect to pay about $18 to $20 more per quarter.

Commissioners justified the rate increase to offset higher costs of materials and personnel.

Deb Hadley, who represents the City Council on the Commission, cast the only vote against the increase.

“I can’t support that,” Hadley said. “Not in this economy.”