Yorkville officials mull water, sewer rate increase
By Steve Lord firstname.lastname@example.org February 12, 2014 4:39PM
Updated: February 19, 2014 11:13AM
YORKVILLE — For right now, city officials are recommending increases in the water and sewer rates for the coming fiscal year.
The rate increases are part of the budgeting process. City staff are putting together the fiscal year 2015 budget, which will be approved before May 1.
That means the City Council still has to review and vote on the budget, including any kind of rate increases.
But Bart Olson, city administrator, said as it stands right now, officials recommend slight increases in the rates to offset looming deficits in both the water and sewer funds.
The proposed water rate increase would be to $14 every two months up to 350 cubic feet used. That would be an increase from the current $13.11 each two months. The rate also would increase from $2.38 for each 100 cubic feet used after that, to $2.97.
Olson said in a presentation to the City Council this week the increase for the average user would be about $10 every two months, or about $60 a year. The increase would be $1.78 every two months for the minimum water user, or about $11 a year.
Olson said the city last raised water rates five years ago, which included inflationary step increases for each of five years.
The proposed rate increase for the sewer fund would be from $18 every two months to $18.54 every two months. That would be a $3.24 increase over a whole year, Olson said.
He added that the current sewer rate has not been increased since 1998.
In both cases, the rate increases come with options the City Council can consider, including not raising the rates at all.
Those increases would include no increased funds for road projects. The city has a Road to Better Roads program designed to fix a certain amount of roads each year, and charges an $8 fee on utility billings to raise money for that.
Officials have talked in the past about raising water and sewer rates enough to cover some road projects. Some of the road projects include replacing water mains and sewers, so should be funded out of the water and sewer fund.
But during discussions two weeks ago, aldermen seemed to favor no additional increase for road projects, at least for this year.