Utility Rate Increases
Understanding Your Bill
January's bill might look a little different, as Phase 3 of the water and wastewater increases take effect.
City of La Porte utility customers can expect to see an increase for sewer and water services. Stormwater increases will mostly impact larger customers (i.e. commercial and industrial accounts). Even with these increases, City of La Porte utility costs still remain below the state average.
For years now, the City of La Porte has struggled with a rapidly aging water and wastewater infrastructure. Challenges have included flooding, basement backups and fending off system failure at one of our main water plants. Both systems are over 100 years old, leaving the city with $100 million or more in infrastructure upgrades.
While a utility rate increase certainly was not preferable, it was necessary to prevent things from getting worse. Work has already begun on many projects as we make strides toward improving our infrastructure.