Sen. Mello tries again to get state to help foot bill for Omaha's $2B sewer project

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Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 11:20 am, Tue Mar 25, 2014.

LINCOLN — Omaha Sen. Heath Mello said Wednesday he’s more optimistic that his second try will be successful in obtaining state help for the steep increases in sewer fees that Omahans will pay for a $2billion sewer project mandated by federal law.

On Wednesday, the Revenue Committee held a hearing on his latest proposal, which Mello estimated could return as much as $140 million over the next 43 years to pay off the massive project. The sewer overhaul seeks to keep Omaha’s raw sewage from overflowing into the Missouri River.

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