- Associated Press - Friday, June 20, 2014

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Omaha’s mayor has proposed a four-year, 45 percent increase in residential sewer fees to pay off bonds issued for a $2 billion sewer separation project.

The ordinance she proposes is scheduled for a first reading on Tuesday and a public hearing on July 1.

Residential customers now pay $35 a month for sewer fees. Under the schedule Mayor Jean Stothert (STAH’-thurt) has proposed, the fee would go up to $39.55 in 2015 and increase each year thereafter to top out at $51.22 a month in 2018.

The city’s massive project to separate storm sewer lines from raw sewage lines is required to meet mandates in the federal Clean Water Act.

Commercial and industrial customers also face higher fees.

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