Marlene Feist, Utilities Director of Strategic Development, 509.625.6505
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 2:53 p.m.
The City is considering utility rates proposals for the next three years that are designed to provide customers with predictable, affordable rates for their water, wastewater, and solid waste services.
The proposals adhere to a commitment that the City's elected officials made back in 2014—to hold the line on rates limiting them to 2.9 percent annual increases. The goal is to give utility customers value for their dollar, providing excellent services at a reasonable price.
Promoting affordability for all is one strategy of the rate proposals. Here are some more:
For 2018, a typical residential customer's City monthly utility bill would increase by $3.47 a month, with similar increases for 2019 and 2020. The chart below includes a closer look at the components of that typical bill, which includes 15,000 gallons of water use and a 68-gallon garbage cart. The water-wastewater capital charge pays for capital infrastructure projects in areas of water, wastewater and stormwater.
|68-gallon Garbage Cart||$30.96||$30.96|
*Assumes 15,000 gallons of water usage.
Commercial and business customers will see the same 2.9 percent increase, but their bills are structured somewhat differently, based on the size of their water service line and other factors.
The Council will consider these rate proposals at their regular meeting on July 31 at 6 p.m. in the lower level of City Hall. Citizens are encouraged to provide their feedback on the rates and related proposals. The new rates would take effect on January 1 of each year.
In the last five years, the City has worked in other ways to make bills more affordable and predictable for customers. The City: