From The Morning Call on Dec. 19, 2016:
Emmaus Borough Council on Monday approved a final 2017 budget that includes a 6.8 percent tax hike and a new sewer fee of $49 a year.
The sewer fee will go toward covering federally mandated improvements to the sewer system aimed at preventing stormwater from entering the system and causing overflows at the wastewater treatment plant in Allentown. Several municipalities in Lehigh County are enacting similar increases to pay for the infrastructure upgrades required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to prevent raw sewage from getting into the Little Lehigh Creek following heavy rains.
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