How Utility Rates Are Calculated

Utility rate increases are considered by the City Council in October of each year as part of the annual budget process. A public hearing is then held in December, which allows City Council to receive feedback from customers regarding the proposed rate changes. Any rate changes are approved by the City Council in December for the following calendar year. 

All revenues from customers are used to cover costs incurred by the City in providing the utility services. The water rates cover the cost of operating the City’s water system, including water treatment, water meter replacements and well rehabilitation. The water rates also pay for construction costs associated with replacing or upgrading aging utilities infrastructure and related debt payments. 

Last year, there was a City Council meeting on October 25, 2021, and the rates were approved on December 6, 2021 following a public hearing. There was a notice of the public hearing published in the November 12, 2021 edition of the "Sun ThisWeek" newspaper.

If you are interested in participating, proposed 2023 changes to the utility rates are planned for discussion at the October 24, 2022 City Council work session, with a public hearing to follow on December 5, 2022. For meeting times and agendas, see the City’s online calendar on the home page.