Residents of Dakota Dunes will soon see water and sewer increases as the Dakota Dunes Community Improvement District (CID) Board of Supervisors approved the first readings of two ordinances.

Ordinance 2021-01 – An ordinance adopting chapter 7 utilities; Article II rates and charges code; Division 3 Sewer will increase the base sewer from $15 to $16 and the usage rate from $3.74 per 1,000 gallons to $4 per 1,000.

“It’s a 26-cent increase and basically parallels what the city of Sioux City is increasing our rate by,” CID District Manager Jeff Dooley said. “So we’re just passing that on to the consumer.”

Ordinance 2021-02 – An ordinance adopting chapter 7 utilities; Article II rates and charges code; Division 2 Water will increase the base rate from $10.10 to $11.11. The water tiers will go up anywhere from zero to 20 percent. The domestic-use tiers (0-7,000 gallons) will be in that zero percent range as where the higher-end irrigation users will see a 20 percent increase. A typical irrigation user could see anywhere from a 6.5 to 8 percent increase on their water bill.

“That’s how we’ve been pricing our water for awhile,” Dooley explained. “We’re just trying to increase those upper tiers to reflect the cost of those water users and who’s putting the most strain on the system.”

Both ordinances will go before the board at their next meeting, April 19, for a second reading. The board will also be holding a public hearing for both ordinances, if residents wish to address the board.

See full story in this week’s Dakota Dunes / North Sioux City Times.