City of La Crosse requests water rate increase

LA CROSSE, Wis. — Water prices in La Crosse have stayed the same for the past nine years, but that could soon
change.

The City Water Utility says it can no longer cover expenses without an increase, and has requested a rate increase
of just over 27%.

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is holding a public hearing by telephone tomorrow to get residents’
input.

“On a quarterly basis for an average resident, it’s going to amount to about $15 a quarter so about $5 a month
increase for this is on the water charges only,” says Mark Johnson, city water utility manager.

Johnson says even with the rate increase, water prices in the city will remain among the lowest in the state.

If you’re interested on giving your opinion on the proposed increase, the public hearing is at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday
in the third floor conference room at La Crosse City Hall.