Fort Smith Puts It’s Foot Down in the Lone Star State


FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA) — Fort Smith officials are back from Dallas after going head to head with the EPA about sewer rates.

City administrators went to the lone star state to try to reach an agreement on a federal order the city was handed for violating the Clean Water Act.

The city is working to comply with legislation, while also making sure sewer rates go no higher than 1.9 percent of the house hold income.

Recently the community has seen a hike to help pay for sewer improvements and the city wants that to change.

“I will not support a sewer rate increase. This is following through with that promise and the Board of Directors, of course, is very much inline with that because they understand the hardship this has placed on our residents,” said Carl Geffken, city administrator. 

Over the past 10 years the city has spend almost $200 million in sewer system improvements.

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