Scottsdale City Council opts for water rate increase notification

Scottsdale City Council (Photo credit: City of Scottsdale)

Scottsdale City Council (File photo)

Scottsdale City Council met March 17 to discuss an increase in water and wastewater rates, as well as miscellaneous water charges, voting unanimously to notify residents of an intent to increase rates.

A public hearing will be held May 12 to further discuss rate changes.

City water rates are assessed each year, and are outlined in five-year financial plans.

These plans serve to ensure enough revenue will be collected to cover the cost of providing water to each customer, while maintaining reserves.

According to a March 17 city staff report, reserves are used to provide for emergencies and to stabilize rate increases.

The proposed water rates will increase city revenue by approximately 1.3 percent, or $1.2 million, states the report. Proposed wastewater rates will increase revenue by about 2.6 percent, or $1 million.

The amount an individual Scottsdale water customer can expect to pay after the rate increase is not yet known, city officials say.

Water rates pay for water treatment and distribution, the report explains. Operating costs; such as purchasing water from the Central Arizona Project, treatment chemicals and preventative maintenance, are also funded through customer fees. Similarly, wastewater treatment and operating costs are supported by customer fees.

The amount necessary to fund water reclamation is based on the relative flows and loading experienced by the sewer system, the report states.

City council also considered applying water and wastewater surcharges of 10 percent each to customers located outside Scottsdale city limits, the report continues.

Miscellaneous water charges may increase as soon as July 1. Changes to water meter installation, hydrant meter installation and other rates considered under this category will affect specific service users.

There are no proposed changes to miscellaneous wasterwater charges, the report concludes.

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