Why do some surrounding cities have lower rates?
  • The average base rate will increase by $1.72 for a one-inch meter, going from $36.83 to $38.55.
  • The cost of water per unit (volumetric), measured in hundred cubic feet, will increase by $0.09 from $2.02 per hundred cubic feet to $2.11 per hundred cubic feet.
  • A measurement of one hundred cubic feet (CCF) is equal to 748 gallons of water so each customer will be paying $2.11 for each 748 gallons of water used.
  • Average residential water usage (1-inch meter) is equal to 15 CCF, 1 CCF equals 748 gallons
    • Water Bill Calculation is equal to the Fixed cost plus the variable rate
    • Current Bill = $36.83 + (15 CCF x $2.02/CCF) = $67.13
    • Proposed Increase = $38.55 + (15 CCF x $2.11/CCF) = $70.20 ($3.07 increase)

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1. What are the primary reasons we have to raise our rates every year?
2. Do we have to have a rate increase every year or can we stagger them more and have every other year?
3. What happens if we don’t raise the rates every year?
4. Where do we get our water from?
5. Do we buy or sell our water? If so, from/to whom?
6. Do we have water quality issues and if so, what are they, how serious, how do they get addressed?
7. Is our drinking water safe and reliable? How does the City verify that?
8. What happens to our water and our rates in the event of another drought?
9. Why do some surrounding cities have lower rates?
10. Is there assistance to help with this increase?
11. How much will monthly rates increase for the average customer?