Will the rate structure change result in additional revenue for the City?

No, The City is not expected to collect any addition revenue as a result of the rate structure change or the residential sewer volume cap.

Under the new rate structure, 71% of residential customers are expected to see a slight decrease in their water bill. 

The remaining 29% of residents who use in excess of 15,000 gallons per month may see an increase in their bills. The rate for the first 15,000 gallons used under the new structure is $3.05 per 1,000 gallons. Any additional usage over 15,000 gallons is billed at a higher rate.   

The City anticipates that the reduced bill amount for 71% of residents will offset any additional revenue from the 29% of customers who may see an increase in their bill. Therefore, the City is not expected to see any increases in revenue as a result of the rate structure change. 

The City could potentially see a decrease in revenue from water utilities once the new rate structure takes effect. If high-usage households begin efforts to conserve water – and therefore reduce their utility bills – the City could see a reduction in utility revenue.

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1. What will the rate be for each unit in each rate block/tier?
2. Will my water bill increase under the increasing block rate structure?
3. If I use 16,000 gallons, do I pay the second block rate on all 16,000 gallons or just the 1,000-gallon overage?
4. Why is there a need to conserve?
5. Is the City doing away with the minimum water charge?
6. Will the rate structure change result in additional revenue for the City?
7. Doesn’t the City’s current seasonal rate structure encourage conservation? Why are we moving to an increasing block rate structure?
8. What is an irrigation meter? How does the City know how much water I use for irrigation?
9. How do I get a separate water meter for my outdoor irrigation system? How much does it cost?
10. Why doesn't the City use non-potable water for irrigation?
11. How are water and sewer rates determined?
12. Why can the City implement an increasing block rate structure but not winter averaging?
13. Is the base rate for water determined by the size of my meter?
14. Why am I paying more for a larger water meter?
15. Can I downsize my water meter?