The City of Quincy faces an unfunded mandate order from the federal EPA over what to do with the city's stormwater runoff. And that mandate will have a direct impact on taxpayers.
Right now, if the city is hit by a severe storm, a big percentage of the rain that goes into the storm sewers flows directly into the river untreated.
With that stormwater also goes a small percentage of sanitary sewer waste into the river.
Now the EPA says stormwater has to be treated like regular sewer waste before it flows into the Mississippi River.
"Usually a lot of those regs. that are propagated by the feds, do put the burden on the individual municipality to pay for those costs," Quincy Director of Utilities David Kent said.
The city has ten years to put the plan in place and make the required improvements.
Some estimates put the price tag at about 65 million dollars.
City residents would see an increase in their quarterly water bills to help pay for the project.