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January 2, 2019 Lone Tree announces hike in sewer fees
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Lone Tree residents received a letter in December warning that rates for sewer fees will be going up in the coming year.

The rate increase still needs to be approved by the City Council and will require up to three votes, which are planned for the meetings in January, February and March, according to City Clerk Stephanie Dautremont.

The rate hike is the second in a year as city officials work to fund a state-mandated upgrade of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.

“The sewer rates went up because the (Iowa Department of Natural Resources) requires us to rebuild our wastewater treatment facility,” Lone Tree Mayor Jon Green said in August after the last increase.

Dautremont said that this planned increase is just on the service fee. The proposal is to increase it $12.50 per month, or $25 on each two-month bill.

The increase last time was on both the service fees and water usage and amounted to at least a $10 increase per month for residents.

The city is currently in the planning phase of the project, which Green said will cost between $5 million and $6 million.

“We selected a modular plan,” Green said in an interview in August. “If requirements from the DNR change or population grows, it will be a much easier undertaking to add a module.”

He said that construction should begin in the coming year, and the city plans to take out a 20-to-30-year loan for the project.

“The increase in the sewer rate will act as the down payment for that loan,” Green said.

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