How long has it been since the City increased utility rates?

The City has not increased water or wastewater rates since 2011, and surface water rates have not increased since 2014.

These rates are the main source of funding for the utility system. If the operating and capital needs of the system exceed the capacity generated by revenues (payments), then rates have to be increased to maintain a financially sound, self-supporting utility system.

The rate increases are necessary to support the City in meeting the 60% groundwater reduction mandate as recommended by the Integrated Water Resources Plan.


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1. How long has it been since the City increased utility rates?
2. Do I have to do anything to receive the increase to my homestead exemption?
3. Are the remaining voter-approved park bond projects funded in the proposed budget?
4. What is the IWRP and how does it affect my water bill?
5. What is the impact of the tax rate to my City tax bill?
6. Will I continue to see a surface water charge on my water bill?
7. How much will my water bill increase?
8. Over the past few years, we have seen a significant reduction of retail sales in physical stores, the closing of businesses, etc. Has this factor been built into the projected income from sales tax?