The City Council authorized an increase in the rates for Water and Wastewater services following the recommendations from the Water-Wastewater Rate Committee. The resident-led rate study had as its primary goal the generation of sufficient revenue to pay for much-needed improvements to the systems and yet minimize the rate increases. The increase in Water and Wastewater rates (28% and 50% respectively) will be used to address some of the deferred maintenance backlog totaling $43 million over the next five years and about $30 million during the first two years. While these increases are steep, it should be noted that they were absolutely needed and will generate the revenue necessary to address deficiencies that have plagued the systems for many years.
The rate increases went into effect on September 1, 2023.