Rifle: 5% increase for water and sewer rates starting January 1

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From The Rifle Citizen Telegram (John Gardner):

The new flat fee for water up to 4,000 gallons per month will cost a resident $18.29. The user will then be charged an additional $3.54 for every 1,000 gallons, or any part thereof, over the initial 4,000 gallons, in a single month. For single family residential users will be charged $3.81 for every 1,000 gallons over the 30,000 gallons. Whereas, multi-families will be charged $3.81 for every 1,000 gallons exceeding 21,000 gallons in a single month. Water fees will increase 5 percent starting on Jan. 1. However, there is no change in corporate city limits or senior citizens, per the ordinance. Those customers will still see the flat fee increase, but will pay according to the current city code. Senior customers will receive a 20 percent discount, and water customers utilizing city water who live outside the corporate city limits will be charged at the same rate per city code…

Residents will also pay increased sewer rates. The flat fee will increase to $36.92 for sewer up to 4,000 gallons of monthly water use, and an additional $8.27 for every 1,000 gallons over 4,000, or part thereof, used in a single month. Those rates, too, will also increase 5 percent annually starting in 2012. This 5 percent increase is in addition to the $3 base fee increase needed to help increase revenues for the fund in order for the city to meet the requirements of the loan agreement which funded construction of the wastewater treatment plant. The city has not met a provision in that agreement to generate 110 percent of associated expenses for the past two years.

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