New Rates Effective May 2019 Utility Billing
The City Council has implemented new rates that are effective for the May water billing for water consumed between April 20th and May 20th. The water rate will see a surcharge of $7.70 but a decrease in the per 1,000 gallon rate. The water rate will decrease from the current base rate of $12.00 to $11.90 per customer and the current per 1,000 gallon rate of $4.64 has been decrease to $3.92. The total increase for an average user of 5,000 gallons is a total of $4.00 per month or an increase of 10% on the water bill. The sewer rate will see an additional $7.20 surcharge per customer. This is an increase of 13% total increase on the sewer bill. The total combined increase for both water and sewer for an average consumer of 5,000 gallons will be from $92.59 to $103.80.
These utility rate increases are for the purpose of funding the South East Utility Improvement Project planned for 2019 and 2020. This project is funded through loans and grants from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. (DENR). The City is required to increase water and sewer rates in order to payback the loans associated with this project.