The Western Lake Superior Sanitary District Board of Directors approved its 2022 operating and capital budgets at its regular board meeting Monday night, opting for a 4.11% increase in wastewater charges as it restores operating and capital budgets back to levels similar to 2020.
“We have all been significantly affected by COVID-19,” said WLSSD executive director Marianne Bohren. “Our 2022 budget reflects resuming the infrastructure reliability projects we put on hold for 2021 with so much economic uncertainty. The budget also anticipates the future start-up of the Duluth tissue mill by ST Paper, LLC. Rapidly increasing electricity costs emphasize the importance of our continued focus on energy efficiency and resource recovery as long-term strategies to keep wastewater rates affordable for the people and employers in the region.”
The WLSSD board also approved a 0% increase in solid waste management fees collected to support solid waste programs and services like WLSSD’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, Yard Waste Compost Site, Materials Recovery Center, and reuse, recycling and education programs.
WLSSD’s Solid Waste Management fees have remained unchanged since 2015.
Governed by a nine-member citizen board, WLSSD is a special purpose subdivision of the State of Minnesota. Its legislative service area includes the cities of Duluth, Cloquet, Carlton, Scanlon, Wrenshall, Hermantown, Proctor, Rice Lake and Thomson; and the rural townships of Silverbrook, Thomson, Twin Lakes, Canosia, Duluth, Grand Lake, Lakewood, Midway and Solway.
Western Lake Superior Sanitary District provides award-winning wastewater and solid waste services within a 530 square mile service area and is a nationally recognized leader in pollution prevention.