Davenport Could Add $2 a Quarter to your Utility Bill

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Davenport city leaders want to make sure they're ready if another rain storm causes sewage to back up into people's homes.

As previously reported, residents in the West Garfield neighborhood raised concerns in both April and May after sewage backed up into people's homes. Some even met up with Public Works Director Mike Clarke to talk about the issue in May.

Now, city leaders are trying to come up with a solution to the problem, but they may increase sewer rates on utility bills by $2 a quarter to do it. City leaders are also looking to form a reimbursement policy for homes affected by sewer backups.

The city would reimburse a property owner $7,500 for an entire building that's damaged. City council documents also show that the city would be willing to reimburse a person $1,000 for his or her personal property that is damaged.

City council members will not vote on the measure Tuesday. It is on the Committee of the Whole agenda though. That meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Davenport's City Hall.