Evansville wants to increase fees by 32 percent in 2014, 8 percent in 2015, and another 18 percent in 2016. The increases are part of a $500 million settlement with the EPA to upgrade the city's sewer system.
One topic of discussion was why Evansville has waited until now to handle the sewer system.
"When you look at the operational needs to address combine sewer flows," said Evansville Water and Sewer Utility Director Allen Mounts, "it wasn't until they've spent the last two and half years really studying this system to know what it was that we needed to do to fix that, and today we got clarity to do that."
The Evansville City Council will vote on the rate increase at next week's meeting.