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Davenport Council Votes For Sewer Fee Increase

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Davenport city leaders moved forward with a sewage fee hike at city council Wednesday night, August 15, 2013.

They say it will provide a solution to a problem many residents saw after heavy rains came down in the spring, with raw sewage coming up in their basements.

Homeowners will pay an additional two dollars per quarter.

The money would go to reimburse property owners whose claims are approved, up to $7,500 per building, per year.

Those property owners would be required to install backflow prevention devices and sign a release of any claims against the city.

That's a big concern for several residents speaking out last night.

There's an awful lot of people that don't see why we have to pay another tax for people who are too lazy or too cheap to take care of their own home for their own insurance company to buy that coverage," said Walter Skovronski.

"By not addressing the actual problem, these symptoms and fees will continue forever. As one homeowner stops sewage from entering his home, he is simply passing the problem on to his neighbor," added Dale Gilmore.

Council members voted for the fee increase eight to two. It does not apply to commercial buildings.