RC Council Provides Public Disclosure Of Water - Sewer - Garbage Rates
Tue, 08 Jun 2021 17:35:12 EDT


As part of their budget approval process, the Rogers City Council recently had a public disclosure presentation of and adopted water, sewer, and garbage rates.

While refuse costs remain the same between July 1st through June 2022, there will be an increase in water / sewer rates to accommodate a new water meter purchase, slightly higher than originally proposed.

The revised figures show residents will see a 5-point 1 percent increase in water / sewer rates. A customer using around 45-hundred gallons would see an increase of around $3.75 a month.

With the increase, the city can take advantage of an interest free purchase of new water meters, along with software and meter reading equipment to replace over 9-hundred old meters. Once paid off, the new rates will be used for ongoing maintenance and repairs to the system.

Officials say water and sewer rates to most customers have remained unchanged over the past eight years, but annual expenses have increased by more than 12%. New rates will also compare favorably with rates in other communities.

When asked, City Manager Joe Hefele noted that he did not want to take money out of fund reserves to pay for new meters, saving reserves for emergency and unforeseen expenditures, as was the case this past year.

A chart of old verses new rates and other detailed information can be seen with this story on our news page at WATZ dot com.

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No use - existing $45.75; proposed $48.00; increase $2.25
100 ccf {750 gallons) - existing $50.25; proposed $52.75; increase $2.50
200 ccf {1,500 gallons)-existing $54.75; proposed $57.50; increase $2.75
300 ccf {2,250 gallons)- existing $59.25; proposed $62.25; increase $3.00
400 ccf {3,000 gallons) - existing $63. 75; proposed $67 .00; increase $3.25
500 ccf (3,750 gallons)- existing $68.25; proposed $71.75; increase $3.50
600 ccf (4,500 gallons)- existing $72.75; proposed $76.50; increase $3.75
700 ccf {5,250 gallons)- existing $77.25); proposed $81.25; increase $4.00
800 ccf {6,000 gallons)-existing $81.75; proposed $86.00; increase $4.25
900 ccf {6,750 gallons) - existing $86.25; proposed $90.75; increase $4.50
1,000 ccf {7,500 gallons) - existing $90.75; proposed $95.50; increase $4.75
1,100 ccf (8,250 gallons) - existing $95.25; proposed 100.25; increase $5.00
Locations with inches services/meters, make up 97 .5% of the customer base,
and have not seen a rate increase since 2013.

The rate history:

2009 - Water base $11.90; Water commodity - $1.40 per ccf; Sewer base $11.95; Sewer commodity $2.50 per ccf; monthly bill $47.25

2010 - Water base $16.50; Water commodity - $1.50 per ccf; Sewer base $21.75; Sewer commodity $3.00 per ccf; monthly bill $65.25

2012 - Water base $16.90; Water commodity - $1.50 per ccf; Sewer base $22.85; Sewer commodity $3.00 per ccf; monthly bill $66.75

2013 - Water base $18.22; Water commodity - $1.50 per ccf; Sewer base $27.53; Sewer commodity $3.00 per ccf; monthly bill $72.75

2021 - Water base $18.22; Water commodity - $1.50 per ccf; Sewer base $27.53; Sewer commodity $3.00 per ccf; monthly bill $72.75

While water and sewer rates to most have remained unchanged over the past eight
years, the annual expense has increased by more than 12%, with water increasing from $434,000 to $490,000, and sewer increasing from $595,000 to $670,000.


(Data Source: City of Rogers City )


   

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