Aurora City Council approves water bill hike
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org August 29, 2013 4:34PM
Updated: October 1, 2013 6:35AM
AURORA — Alderman unanimously approved a plan that will increase water bills this week.
The move will increase the rate for water and sewer service by about 5 percent this year and an additional 5 percent in 2014. The ordinance will raise the city’s rate on Sept. 1 of this year and on July 1, 2014, according to city Finance Director Brian Caputo.
For the average household, the rate hike translates to an increase of about $3.62 on their bi-monthly water bill.
The city also approved a fee increase to $3.95 from $2.05 that is tacked on to the user’s bi-monthly water bill. The fee, which is itemized as “EPA-Mandated Long-Term Control Plan Fee” on water bills, is intended to provide funding to implement the city’s long-term water control plan.
That long-term plan’s combined sewer separation projects would bring the city into compliance with Federal Clean Water Act rules and the Environmental Protection Agency’s Combined Sewer Overflow Policy. The projects are estimated to cost a total of $120 million and will be phased in over a 20-year period, according to a city memo.
The new fee is effective Sept. 1.