Terre Haute Sanitary Board passes proposed 33 percent sewer rate increase; now goes before City Council


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Same song. Different verse.

The Terre Haute Sanitary Board passed a proposed 33 percent sewer rate increase on Tuesday morning. Now, it will go before the City Council on Thursday night.

The board passed the rate increase by the same 3-2 vote, with the same members casting the same votes, that was cast for the proposed storm water fee. The council defeated that measure last month.

Scott Walker, the city’s financial consultant, told the board a fee of some kind must pass in order to pay off debt incurred for the long term control plan, which is mandated by the EPA. Walker said any fees would pay for a service, and should not be viewed as a tax.

Right now, the sanitary district has about $10.6 million in debt, which should increase to $12 million next year.

The city council meets at 6 p.m. on Thursday night at City Hall.