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April 26, 2013

LEVINE: City faces competitive disadvantage with higher sewer rates


In that same time period, the state of Iowa has seen a .6 percent increase in residents. Attracting people to live here is much like attracting businesses. There has to be something to offer.

With a new baby joining my family soon, moving into a bigger house is a likely next move. I would assume the city would want to attract young families who can contribute to the local tax base. But what’s keeping us in town or contributing to the sewer fund? Wouldn’t it be easier to live inside the city of Clinton and not have city sewer or deal with ever-increasing Iowa American Water rates, which is doable in certain areas of town? Or, why not work in Clinton and live somewhere else with lower rates and less headaches?

That’s one of the constant issues facing the city of Clinton. How do you convince young families or business owners to live inside the city?

Raising rates without having a plan to increase services isn’t the way.

My family likes Clinton. There’s promise in this town and the future looks bright for more businesses locating in town. Not everyone will be happy with the decisions made by City Council members. That’s the nature of the business.

But a strong commitment of doing what’s best for residents is necessary. And from what I’ve seen lately, from trying to eliminate large-item pick-up because it’s a hassle to raising rates, it doesn’t appear that’s being done for the majority of residents.

Hopefully in the future, with workshops focusing on how to pay for projects before actually doing them, city officials can address those concerns and work toward making Clinton the best city it can be.

Scott Levine is the Associate Editor of the Clinton Herald. He can be reached at



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