Funding the Sanitary District

The Sanitary District is funded through two sources, the connection and usage of the waste water system and through property taxes.  These funding sources are established by Iowa Code Chapter 358.

The Sanitary District rental rates are set by the board of trustees within the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary Code of Ordinances.  The current usage fee is $1.35 for 1,000 gallons of water used.  The base charge for having a connection is different depending on the land usage of the property.

The Sanitary District sends out billings twice a year.  The first billing is done in February and the second is done in August.  The only exception is in Arnolds Park where the City collects the payments for the Sanitary District.

All sewer billing not paid by the second Tuesday of May will be certified to the county Auditors office in accordance with Iowa Code Chapter 358.  The certified amounts are added to the property tax for that specific property for the next fiscal year.

Why does the City and the Sanitary District both bill me?

Depending on the City that you are living in, you may see two billings for the sewer.  The reason behind this is because the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District does not own all the sewer systems in the Iowa Great Lakes Area.  The Cities of Spirit Lake, Okoboji, Arnolds Park and Milford own most of the sewer system within their cities.  Those Cities eventually pipe their waste water into the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District collection system and then all the waste water is treated by the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District.  The Cities with their own collection system will charge for maintaining their system and then the Sanitary District charges for the connection, collection and treatment of waste water into our system.

What are your payment options?

When your billing arrives you have some options for making your payment to the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District.

The first option is to fill out an automatic pay form or that ACH form.  With the ACH form filled out, you will  receive a notice in the mail during the normal billing cycle.  The notice is to make you aware of the amount and date a debit will come from your account, no action is needed.   The district will withdraw those funds from your account automatically on a specific date.  A filled out ACH Form can be dropped off at the office, put in the mail or scanned in and e-mailed to the office.  The ACH form does need to be signed and have a voided check with the form.  The form can be downloaded by clicking on the following link: IGLSD AUTO PAYMENT INFORMATION

The second payment option is to stop at any Northwest Bank in Dickinson County and you can pay your bill at the bank.  Take in the billing information sent to you in the mail to any Dickinson County Northwest Bank location.  The bank will take the payment and the information needed to pay the bill.  The funds will be deposited in the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District account and the paper work will be sent to the Sanitary District Office.

The third payment option is to send a check in the mail or drop off a payment at the Iowa Great Lakes Sanitary District Office.  There is a return envelope in with your billing.  Please remember to tear off and return the detachable portion from your billing.



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