Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Possible water rate increases are already in the works, and now the Rochester City Council is looking at higher storm-water utility fees.

The Council will be presented Monday with a consultant’s report that recommends increases in both the customer and acreage charges that are used to fund Rochester’s storm-water management programs. The fees were first imposed in 2009 and have not increase since 2011, while the operating expenses for the program have risen steadily to a little over $4.1 million dollars for 2015.

The fee increase options presented by the consultants would ramp up the fees by either 3, 6.5 or 10.75-percent in each of the next five years. It’s estimated that would boost the average residential customer’s bill by a little over a dollar a month at the low end to over $4 dollars a month by 2020.

The report indicates the monthly bill for the average non-residential property owner with just under 2.6 acres of affected land would rise between $10 and almost $42 dollars during the same period.

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