The fiscal year 2021 budget includes increases to water, wastewater and surface water rates beginning January 1, 2021. The utility system is self-supporting- meaning that no property taxes go toward operating the system. The utility system is supported through charges for services paid by users of the system.
Investments to meet the 60% groundwater reduction mandate and secure long term water supplies for the City were identified through the Integrated Water Resource Plan- completed with assistance from a task force made up of citizens. The final plan was adopted by City Council in 2019 after two years of work by the task force. The plan evaluated a portfolio of options made recommendations to meet the City's long term water needs, including groundwater reduction mandates.
A residential customer that uses 10,000 gallons of water with a 6,000 gallon winter average will see an increase to the monthly bill of approximately $10 for services billed after January 1, 2021.
Please note: based on historical consumption, our average residential customer uses less than 10,000 gallons and the citywide winter average is 5,880 gallons for 2020.