The coming surge in Chicago sewer bills
October 15, 2011
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed doubling the city's water and sewer bills
over the next three years in order to help pay for replacements and upgrades to the infrastructure. It's a bold proposal, since fixed-income customers are often very quick to vocalize their opposition to increases in these kinds of fees for essential services. But lacking other sources of revenue, the costs of deferred or inadequate maintenance often turn into much higher direct costs -- like flooded basements and collapsed pipes that cause roads to cave in.
last revised October 2011