La Crosse proposes fee for out-of-city water connections

Public Works approves $311 per resident fee to 'buy in' to city's water system

It may soon be easier for people living outside of La Crosse’s city limits to tap into the water supply, but it would come at a price.

La Crosse’s Board of Public Works approved a new policy for water connection charges at their meeting this morning.

The policy calls for a connection charge of $311 per resident.

City officials say in the case of a new housing development or subdivision in the Town of Shelby or any other surrounding area, that cost would most likely be covered by the developer, but any private homeowner looking to tap into the system would have to pay the fee themselves.

“Up until now, anyone, especially with water, that wanted water service had to annex,” said City of La Crosse Utilities Director Mark Johnson. “With the boundary discussions, that may change and so the proposed procedure will change, where if you’re getting these services without annexing, essentially you’re then buying into the water system capacity.”

The proposed policy still has to be approved by La Crosse’s City Council before going into effect.