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Senator McClure passes legislation to help wastewater utility customers

Springfield, IL – (Effingham Radio) – Senator Steve McClure (R-Springfield) has advanced legislation to reduce costs for customers of nonprofit water treatment companies.

“This bill places wastewater treatment plants in the same category as water treatment plants. That will save customers money and make our state’s laws more consistent,” said Senator McClure.

Senate Bill 2859 updates how nonprofit wastewater treatment plants are valued. Under current law, these facilities are charged at higher values, resulting in higher tax bills, and typically these costs are passed on to utility customers.

McClure’s legislation ensures that the assessment process is the same for both types of facilities, potentially saving utility customers money. The change could potentially help customers statewide, but was filed specifically to help utilities in Effingham and Jasper counties.

“Wastewater infrastructure requires a large amount of capital to maintain, and by reducing taxes on the facilities, the savings can be used for operations and maintenance costs, putting less strain on ratepayers,” said Bill Teichmiller, CEO of EJ Water Cooperative. “We appreciate this bipartisan effort to help wastewater facilities reduce costs and provide affordable services to their customers.”

McClure’s bill passed the Illinois Senate and now awaits action in the Illinois House. He passed similar legislation in the Senate last year, but it failed to get a vote in the House of Representatives. Senator McClure is optimistic that the new bill will pass the House of Representatives.