Alamosa: Council approves sewer rate hike

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From the Valley Courier (Ruth Heide): “After receiving no public comment during a public hearing on the rate increase, the council voted on an ordinance that will more than double sewer rates over a three-year period. This year the average resident’s utility bill will go up by about $5 a month with proposed increases of another $4 per month each year for the next two years. The average residential customer has been paying about $11.50 a month for sewage services. That involved a flat rate of $3.50 per month plus a usage fee based on $1 per 1,000 gallons of water measured in non-irrigation months (November through February.) Commercial customers paid the same usage fee but their flat rate was $4, and industrial customers’ flat rate was $4.10 per month. The ordinance the council approved on Wednesday increases the flat rate for residential customers from $3.50 to $5 a month and the usage fee from $1 to $1.50 per 1,000 gallons of water. Commercial customers will see an increase of $3 in their flat rate from $4 to $7, and industrial customers’ flat rate will increase just a little more than $3 from $4.10 to $7.20 per month. The usage fees will be the same for all customers, $1.50 per 1,0000 gallons of water. In 2010 the flat rate for residential customers will increase by 25 cents more per month and the cost per 1,000 gallons will increase by 50 cents per month; the flat rate for commercial customers will increase 30 cents per month; and the flat rate for industrial customers will increase 20 cents per month. Again, the usage fee will be the same for all customers in 2010, $2 per 1,000 gallons of water. In 2011 the flat rate will increase 5 cents per month for residential customers and 20 cents for commercial and industrial customers, and the cost per 1,000 gallons will increase by another 50 cents per month, to $2.50.”

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