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7/27/2009 8:15:00 AM
Cottonwood water and wastewater rates rising

Jon Hutchinson
Staff Reporter

COTTONWOOD -- A study of Cottonwood's water and wastewater rates recommends those rates be increased immediately. Water rates will go up by 8 percent in August and 8 percent more in both January 2010 and January 2011 followed by smaller increases through 2013.

Wastewater rates would rise by 21 percent immediately, followed by smaller increases in the following years.

The financial analysis study, presented recently by Dan Jackson of the, says that the city's revenue from its utility services no longer covers its expenses.

Sale of the bonds to purchase the utilities requires the city to maintain appropriate user rates.

The study was authorized by the council last August. The rates had not been analyzed since 2004. Jackson noted that rate adjustments are primarily due to inflation and system replacement, which are out of the utility's control.

As a general rule of thumb, Jackson noted that "a utility can have low rates or high quality services, but not both."

He says as many as 40 percent of utilities do not charge rates that cover costs.

Current water rates for the minimum 5/8-inch pipe is $17 per month. That cost would go up to $18.36 plus the $5.38 water resource development fee (up from $4.98) and plus increased volume charges.

The first 1,000 gallons will cost $3.13, up from $2.90. Each additional 1000 gallons from 10,000 to 20,000 gallons would cost $4.38 per month, an increase from $4.06 per month,

The basic charge rates (plus Water development and volume fees) would increases from $18.36 to $22.50 per month by 2013.

The current $16.75 sewer charge per month will increase to $20.33 next month and to $26.27 by 2013.

The increases will underwrite the Capital Improvement Plan for the utilities, which needs $25 million for upgrades and improvements over that timeframe.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Article comment by: What about golf courses?

When are the Golf Courses going to pay a fair share of their water use?

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Article comment by: Deanna

If they can afford to keep buying up all the water companies in the Verde Valley how can they justify raising water rates? My income is not going up any percent let a lone at these rates. I can't even vote for these people doing this. Very scary situation. Slow down Cottonwood

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Article comment by: Another tax increase?

I guess we know how the city's planning on paying for the new directors raises, the foxworth building, the pool,the carpet one building' new firefighters ect. WAIT this may not be enough they may need to increase the sales tax another 10%

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Article comment by: Poisonous water now costs more?

Great...not only are there dangerously high levels of arsenic in our water, now we get to pay more for the privilege of drinking and bathing in it. They should be charging less until they get it cleaned up!!!!

Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Article comment by: Nan

Oh good more government taking citizens money for necessities...... without a public vote.

Posted: Monday, July 27, 2009
Article comment by: Worried in Cottonwood.

That's it Cottonwood; wait until everyone is worried about how to feed their families and raise utility costs! Must be taking their cues from APS and Unisource.

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