What’s new: The Omaha City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to restructure the way industrial and commercial sewer customers are charged.
The details: The new calculations will be based in part on the size of customers’ water meters. Some of the largest industrial users, which had been facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in rate increases, will see lower increases. Meanwhile, the bills for some smaller commercial users will go up more.
What we already knew: A group of large industries had threatened to lay off employees or leave Omaha if the city didn’t reduce the industries’ costs for Omaha’s $2 billion sewer overhaul.
What’s next: The new rates are effective Jan. 1, 2013, and cover fees through 2014. A new fee schedule for 2015 through 2018 is likely to be approved next year.
— Erin Golden