Utilities did not increase rates in the 2011/12 fiscal year. Utilities saved money through improved efficiency and cost cutting. Many needed infrastructure projects were put on hold. Now, Utilities seeks a multi-year rate adjustment to fund a systematic program to repair and replace extremely outdated infrastructure.
In 2012, the majority of the budget will be spent on government and regulatory compliance and increased costs for energy, chemicals and materials for water, wastewater (sewer) and solid waste treatment and delivery. With added regulations and rising material costs, Utilities delayed overdue improvements to its aging infrastructure.
Fiscal Year 2012 Budget.
*Budget in 000s
Proposed Rate Increase Information
As a result of increased costs and the need for capital improvements, Utilities has recommended 3-year rate increase of 10% for water and for wastewater 16% (first year), 15% (second year) and 14% (third year). Rate increases would go into effect on July 1 each year. There is no proposal to increase solid waste or storm drainage rates at this time. The final rate proposal was adopted by the City Council on March, following the recommendation by the Utilities Rate Advisory Commission (URAC) to adopt the 3-year rate increase.
Proposed Rate Schedule
For water, click here.
Rate Projection Information
If you would like to receive a projection for your utility service account based on current usage and the proposed 3-year rate increases, please fill out the following form:
Commercial customers, click here.
Residential customers, click here.