From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):
A relatively modest 2.75 percent increase in water rates is envisioned in the 2013 budget for the Pueblo Board of Water Works. The increase would be the lowest since 2004, and would keep Pueblo’s rates the lowest among large Front Range water providers.
It would mean an increase of less than $1 per month for the average residential customer.
A $32.3 million budget is being proposed by staff. The water board will hear details about the budget at a workshop on Nov. 6. A public hearing on the budget is scheduled at 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at the water board offices, 319 W. Fourth St.
The budget continues last year’s timeout for revenues into the water development fund — which uses one-time revenue sources such as long-term leases to fund water planning activities — until 2015.
Spending increases in 2013 are expected in legal costs, maintenance and chemicals. Utility costs are expected to remain relatively flat.
Among the largest costs for specific projects are $1.15 million for main expansion and improvement and $940,000 for continued conversion to automatic meter reading.