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At 6 p.m. on November 16, Salida City Council will host their regular work session. Items on the agenda include a discussion on a water rate increase over five years as well as a discussion on a wastewater increase over 10 years.

Screen Shot taken during Salida City Council work session on August 31.

A water and wastewater rate study was conducted and presented to the council on November 2. The study shows that rates are not fully supporting plant operations and increases for both the water and wastewater rates are recommended.

In order for revenues to fully support the operations of the plant and fully implement the “catch up” at once, typical residential consumers would need to pay $1.57 more per month for water and $17.37 more per month for wastewater services.  A wastewater increase of this size would have  a significant impact on households, so an alternative is being proposed.

One choice is not to increase the full rate immediately but to do so over time as growth in the community will help offset some of the rate increase. Increases might be incrementally made over the course of five years for water and 5 to 10 years for wastewater.  Doing so would keep the wastewater impact for a typical residential household at $2.22/month on a 5 year plan or even less for a 10 year plan.

Due to COVID-19 and health guidelines, the work session will be held via GoToMeeting. To preregister, click here.