Littleton: City staff is proposing sanitary sewer rate increases of 2.5 percent in 2013 and 3 percent each year 2014 through 2017

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From the Littleton Independent (Jennifer Smith):

The Littleton/Englewood Wastewater Treatment Plant is subject to stricter nutrient removal standards as of 2022. In order to accomplish that, city staff says design and permitting for the project needs to begin in 2017, with construction set to begin in 2019.

Currently, customers within city limits pay $233.02 per year; those outside pay $212.21. Staff is proposing an increase of 2.5 percent in 2013 and 3 percent increases every year after that through 2017. That works out to about $6 more a month in 2013 for a single-family home in city limits, up to a total of about $262 a year in 2017.

The total cost of the project is estimated at $15 million, and Littleton splits that evenly with Englewood. However, adding on $5.75 million for required reserves, the city needs at least $13 million in the bank by the end of 2017.

“I can’t think of any other way to do it that’s responsible,” said Charlie Blosten, director of public works.

More wastewater coverage here and here.

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