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Published: 12/5/2018  3:59 PM
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Utilities Board seeks customer input

Published: 11/28/2018  1:47 PM
Colorado Springs is fortunate to operate its own community-owned utility. This means that our customers have a say in how their utility operates and plans to provide service in the future. Right now, our Colorado Springs Utilities Board and CEO Ara ...

Give thanks and get deals

Published: 11/21/2018  10:19 AM
​It's that time of the year where we give thanks for what we have, and then get some more!   With the discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it's the perfect time to upgrade your home with smart technology and efficient appliances. Plus, many ...

A Water Win-Win

Published: 11/15/2018  12:01 PM
​Water news from the Arkansas Valley yesterday is a win-win.  A win for farmers and a win for city-dwellers. Late Wednesday, the Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) Board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to ...

Creating tomorrow’s energy landscape with a new vision

Published: 11/14/2018  4:29 PM
Our world is increasingly revolving around electronics. From your Google Home to your electric vehicle and smart thermostat, the ways in which we all use energy are changing. So too are the ways in which we generate and deliver that energy to you. ...

Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved

Published: 11/13/2018  2:33 PM
Today Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates. Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearl ...

Recognized with Platinum level HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Published: 11/13/2018  2:26 PM
There has been a strong military presence in Colorado Springs for many years, and we're proud to serve those who serve our country. Doing right by our military, though, means more than simply providing safe, reliable utility service. It also means a ...

Trick or Treat for Savings

Published: 10/31/2018  8:49 AM
Trick or treating through the neighborhood, sometimes there is one special house with a candy bowl that stands out from all the others. It’s the place with full-size candy bars. Everyone wants to be at that house with the biggest candy bars, and all ...

Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance

Published: 10/30/2018  2:46 PM
Whether it’s a home-cooked meal or a warm place to lay their heads, our customers count on Project COPE to help when times get tough. Donations to Project COPE make a difference in the lives of so many families. Project COPE is the only local organ ...

Don't be haunted by phantom load

Published: 10/22/2018  10:56 AM
​There are scary things that go bump in the night and then there are scary things that make a bump in your electrical use. Phantom (or vampire) load is the energy that things like your DVD player and microwave use, even when turned off or in standby ...

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Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved   

natalie e  by  Natalie E  on  11/13/2018

2019 Proposed Rates - Residential.pngToday Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates.

Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearly $42 million less than our 2018 budget.  Fuel costs are projected to be lower next year, but our employees deserve credit for scrubbing the budget and reprioritizing planned projects in service to you. We're serious about providing you quality services at a reasonable price.

While the overall budget is the lowest in recent history, water and wastewater budgets are $6.7 million and $1.4 million higher, respectively, to support the ability to provide safe, reliable, quality services.

Like many utilities across the nation, local water and wastewater systems are old and in need of ongoing repair and refurbishment. This is a nationwide challenge. American Water Works Association estimates more than $1 trillion is necessary over the next 25 years to upgrade U.S. water systems.

For the typical residential wastewater customer, the increase will be $0.88 per month.  With no changes to wastewater rates since 2010, much of the increase is due to inflationary costs.

Typical residential water customers will experience a monthly increase of $3.80. This funding supports a significant upgrade to the Phillip H. Tollefson Water Treatment Plant built in 1942 and ongoing work to repair and replace water mains throughout the city.

Most commercial and industrial (C&I) customers will also experience increases to base rates for wastewater and water services.

Understanding the complexities of utilities rates can be overwhelming. As a not-for-profit, community-owned utility, it's important to us that you understand what's included in your bill and what it pays for -- afterall, we set rates to cover the cost of providing you with safe, reliable services.  Check out these online tools to increase your understanding:

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Being that senior citizens cannot afford all these cost of living raises, why are you not helping us out instead of raising the cost for utilities to cover the exorbitant salary given to your high cost CEO. There is no reason what so ever to pay this type of person that much. Anyone could do the job as well, mainly because he does nothing for the citizens. He only sits there and tells everyone else how good he is and you bought it.
It is my opinion a much better city could be maintained by the people who do the work for the citizens.

Thursday, November 15, 2018  8:25 PM  Earl Miller