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New proposal in Keokuk would keep utilities bills lower in the summer

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

For most of us, utility bills just keep climbing higher and higher...

But there's a unique proposal in Keokuk that would put a cap on how much residents would pay for their sewer bills this summer.

The proposal would cap residential sewer bills at 125 percent of your January bill in June, July and August.

Officials submitted this proposal because Keokuk's sewer bills are actually based on water use.

Mayor Tom Marion says in the summer, residents use more water for things like filling up swimming pools, watering grass or gardening.

Marion says if the proposal is passed, he hopes it will improve the aesthetics of the city.

"We want some aesthetics in the city. We want things to look good. We want people to be able to grow their flowers. Matter of fact, the city has a large flower garden in Rand Park which is absolutely lovely, but you have be able to water it.," said Marion.

Marion says some residents could end up saving almost $100 a month if the council approves the cap.

The city council is expected to vote on the proposal at its meeting on May 16.

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