On February 12, 2018, a resolution was approved to contract Willdan Financial Services to perform a water and wastewater rate study for the City. The rate study was needed to review existing rates for water and wastewater and to establish a rate structure to meet the future needs of the Utility Fund.
The Utility Fund is a self-sustaining fund that relies on user rates to pay for its operations, vehicles, equipment and replacement of water and sewer lines. Water and Sewer rates have not increased over 10 years to cover higher operating costs. The only increases have been SAWS pass through increases.
The City held two public work sessions, on June 19 and September 18, to discuss the rate study. Based on those two work sessions, a presentation was presented to the City Council and the public on October 8 recommending a rate structure that meets increasing costs of operations and infrastructure for the next 10 years.
The City is considering raising water and sewer rates in accordance with the recommendations in this study and is scheduled to vote on this proposal at the Oct 22, 2018 City Council meeting.