Rate hike could be in store for City Utilities customers

St. Mary's River
FILE: A view of the St. Mary's River near downtown Fort Wayne.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- Fort Wayne City Utilities customers could be paying higher bills soon, NewsChannel 15 learned Monday.

Years ago, the Environmental Protection Agency ordered Fort Wayne to reduce the amount of sewage that overflows into the rivers and backs up into homes.

The city said Monday that it has finished the first phase and will soon move ahead with the next phase. The second phase includes an underground tunnel that would stretch from Foster Park to the city’s water pollution control plant.

The work in phase two could translate to a rate hike of $3.44 per month for City Utilities customers.

The Fort Wayne City Council could vote on the proposed rate hike in August.

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