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Hannibal looks to residents to pay for stormwater utility

The city of Hannibal now has the framework of a plan to fix its crumbling stormwater infrastructure.

At Wednesday’s city council meeting, Hannibal Board of Public Works officials presented a plan that addresses these issues.

They want voter approval to implement a storm water utility fee. Officials said you’ll pay between $5 and $10 a month depending on how big your home is.

Without this fund, they said they would have to find other ways to fund repairs and improvements to the city’s stormwater system.

“Infrastructure failures have been occurring rampantly the last couple of years that would total several hundred thousand dollars. We’re not collecting fees for stormwater. We’re collecting fees for electric, water, and sanitary sewer. Stormwater repairs are costing more than we can afford,” said BPW Manager Heath Hall

At its next regular city council meeting, council will hear a second reading of a bill that puts this issue on the ballot.

If that bill passes, voters will decide whether or not to implement this program in April’s election.

Brett Knese

Multi-Media Journalist at WGEM News.

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