Public Notice - Water and Sewer User Fee Structure Changes & Rate Increases for 2019

 

DECEMBER 2018
Public Notice – Water and Sewer User Fee Structure Changes & Rate Increases for 2019
The City is currently developing the 2019-2023 Financial Plan. A significant part of this development has included the review of current and projected City Water and Sewer User Fees in conjunction with the recent work completed on the City’s Asset Management Investment Plan (AMIP).
In November 2018, the City completed a comprehensive report entitled Water and Sewer: Trends, Outlooks and Restructured Rate Model, which can be found at the following link: https://rossland.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/5299?preview=5904. This report provided current key information on water production, consumption, water trend analysis, water/sewer rate comparisons, waste water treatment regional sewer utility flow analysis, water restriction information and financial forecasts in relation to the City’s current AMIP. The Report indicated that the City will need to look at restructuring and increasing current Water and Sewer User Fees in order to continue to provide a similar level of service to the community.
Therefore, based on above, Council has approved the following rate structure modifications and associated increases effective January 1, 2019:
Water Service • Increase User Fees in 2019 by 5% (4% on base rate and 1% on consumption rates),
• Incorporate better water conservation pricing that introduces new consumption thresholds
• Introduce higher rates at the higher thresholds he current annual 4% increase to 5% with the additional 1% collected from consumption rate
Sanitary Sewer Service • Increase User Fees in 2019 by 4%, and
• Divide the current sewer basic fee into two components with no change in overall rates
(i.e. one fee for the City’s sewer operating expenses and one fee for the RDKB’s Regional Sewer Utility tax requisition)
These increases are consistent with Council’s current Strategic Goal of increasing water and sewer parcel taxes and user fees by reasonable amounts to move towards more transparent and self-supporting water and sewer services with an emphasis on user pay. For further information on these upcoming changes, please feel free to contact

December 2018

The City is currently developing the 2019-2023 Financial Plan. A significant part of this development has included the review of current and projected City Water and Sewer User Fees in conjunction with the recent work completed on the City’s Asset Management Investment Plan (AMIP).

In November 2018, the City completed a comprehensive report entitled Water and Sewer: Trends, Outlooks and Restructured Rate Model, which can be found at the following link: https://rossland.civicweb.net/filepro/documents/5299?preview=5904. This report provided current key information on water production, consumption, water trend analysis, water/sewer rate comparisons, waste water treatment regional sewer utility flow analysis, water restriction information and financial forecasts in relation to the City’s current AMIP. The Report indicated that the City will need to look at restructuring and increasing current Water and Sewer User Fees in order to continue to provide a similar level of service to the community.

Therefore, based on above, Council has approved the following rate structure modifications and associated increases effective January 1, 2019:

Water Service • Increase User Fees in 2019 by 5% (4% on base rate and 1% on consumption rates),

• Incorporate better water conservation pricing that introduces new consumption thresholds

• Introduce higher rates at the higher thresholds he current annual 4% increase to 5% with the additional 1% collected from consumption rate

Sanitary Sewer Service • Increase User Fees in 2019 by 4%, and

• Divide the current sewer basic fee into two components with no change in overall rates

(i.e. one fee for the City’s sewer operating expenses and one fee for the RDKB’s Regional Sewer Utility tax requisition)

These increases are consistent with Council’s current Strategic Goal of increasing water and sewer parcel taxes and user fees by reasonable amounts to move towards more transparent and self-supporting water and sewer services with an emphasis on user pay. For further information on these upcoming changes, please feel free to contact either City Hall or the Finance Department (for billing enquiries) at 250-362-7396.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2019/01/25