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Rick Buckmister

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Public meetings are being held about Mankato’s proposed 2015 utility rates and impacts

Wednesday, October 1, 2:40 p.m.



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Although the unit cost of water ($3.36) and wastewater ($3.42) remains the same for 2015, there are other changes that will affect large water users. Utility rate fees are applied to Mankato’s utility enterprise fund, which pays for operations and maintenance, capital improvements and debt service on utilities.

Other than a minimal basic monthly fee, water and wastewater fees are billed according to actual use so customers have an opportunity to influence the amount of their monthly utility bill. See proposed utility rates for 2015. Current utility rates are available online.

History

  • 2014—In response to the public’s request, staff evaluated costs associated with water and wastewater systems to develop a comprehensive and equitable utility rate structure.
  • 2014—Declining block rate eliminated (large water users no longer receive a discount when using more than 300 units of water per month).
  • 2014—Multi-family units started being billed a service charge for water for each residential unit.
  • 2011—Mankato initiated a rate study. A goal was to analyze operations and capital assets to ensure the city is responsibly positioned for the future, is in compliance with state statutes and have a uniform rate structure.

Large water users (5/8” or larger meters)—fixed cost of service based on meter size: 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 28, in the west banquet hall at the Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza.

Meeting agenda—large water users:
Review proposed utility rate changes for 2015

  • Cost of service decrease—Service charges for water ($4.51) and wastewater ($8.05) will be combined into one fixed cost of service. Since costs are being combined it allows for charges to be shared more equally and decreases the fee to $10.25 per month (from $12.56).
  • Review sample bill calculations.

Review impact to large water users

  • Fee based on meter size.
  • Multi-family residences
    --decrease in billing charges (only applied to one unit per facility)
    --increase in new combined water and wastewater fixed cost of service applied to each unit
    Note: $1.20 billing fee will only be applied to first residential unit for any residential unit that has more than one residence (i.e., apartment complex). The first unit is charged $10.25. Each residential unit thereafter is charged $9.05.


Residential water users—
decrease in cost of service (water and wastewater) of $2.31 per month: 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 29 or 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., or Monday, November 3. Both meetings will be held in the banquet hall at the Verizon Wireless Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza.

Meeting agenda
Review proposed utility rate changes for 2015

  • Cost of service decrease—Service charges for water ($4.51) and wastewater ($8.05) will be combined into one fixed cost of service. Since costs are being combined it allows for charges to be shared more equally and decreases the fee to $10.25 per month (from $12.56).
  • Review sample bill calculations.


Review impact to residents

  • Single family households
    --decrease in cost of service (water and wastewater) of $2.31 per month.
  • Multi-family residences
    --decrease in billing charges (only applied to one unit per facility)
    --increase in new combined water and wastewater fixed cost of service applied to each unit
    Note: $1.20 billing fee will only be applied to first residential unit for any residential unit that has more than one residence (i.e., apartment complex). The first unit is charged $10.25. Each residential unit thereafter is charged $9.05.
  • Fee based on meter size.
  • Anyone with more than one property is billed for each location that has a meter.

For more information, contact city staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.