Nov. 13, 2018, City Council unanimously approved the 2019 Rate Case and 2019 Budget.
Although the 2019 budget is $41.8 million less than our 2018 budget, rate increases are necessary for water and wastewater services to recover the proposed revenue requirement for those services. There are no rate changes for electricity and natural gas.
Like many water utilities across the United States, our system is old and in need of ongoing repair and refurbishment. We are conducting condition assessments and facility plans to support long-term asset management goals.
The total base rate bill impact for the typical, residential customer is an increase of $4.68, or 2.1 percent ($3.80 for water, $0.88 for wastewater). This new rate will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019.
Customers in the variety of rate classes designed as commercial and industrial (C&I) will also experience changes as their rates are adjusted to be better aligned with the proportionate cost to serve them. Most C&I customers will experience changes to base rates for wastewater and water services.
Customers can use the bill calculator to compute how the proposed changes will affect them.
Energy cost adjustments are separate from base rates. Cost adjustments are the mechanism that is used to pass along changes in fuel costs to customers -- up or down. City Council approved the fall cost adjustments Oct. 23 for a Nov. 1, 2018 implementation.
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