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New 20 year water sewer treatment contracts announced

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Mayor Tim Kabat announced revised 20-year wastewater sewer treatment contracts to establish agreements with surrounding municipalities.

The contracts come in advance of a new wastewater treatment plant that would provide treatment for La Crosse, the Town of Shelby, Campbell, Onalaska and La Crescent.

Onalaska rejected a previous draft because of tax increase concerns.

La Crescent objected because of the cross-state governance between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Mayor Kabat addressed these issues in the new contracts in the hopes that the communities will accept it.

"Ideally we would love to continue working with these communities," Mayor Kabat said. "And have a true regional service that still provides high quality and cost-effective sanitary service to the four surrounding communities."

Each municipality will have to agree before a March 1 deadline. The plan will use a utility method rate study for rates instead of the originally proposed regional service fees. The new contracts also include a new committee that will have representation from all communities.

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