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2018 water, sewer rates adopted

Posted Sept. 29, 2017

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The Fort Worth City Council recently adopted the 2018 water and sewer rates. Average Fort Worth residential customers will see a $3.31 monthly increase in their combined water and sewer bill. With the changes, the average customer will pay about $2.09 a day for water and sewer service.

The new rates take effect Jan. 1.

The changes to both water and sewer rates affect both the fixed monthly charge, which is based on meter size, and the volume rates. There is actually a small decrease in volume rates for some classes or tiers within classes.

For residential water customers, the rates for the first tier remain the same as the current rate, while the rates for the other three tiers increase. The adopted rates continue the multi-year plan to adjust the fixed/variable revenue ratio to improve revenue stability. This results in an increase in the water monthly service charge for all customers, and an increase in the sewer monthly service charge for all but those with the two smallest meter sizes. These smaller sizes are primarily on residential accounts.

The Water Department’s proposed, balanced FY2018 water and sewer budget is $19,349,105, or 4.5 percent more than the FY2017 budget. The categories with the largest increases are cash financing of capital projects and debt service, personnel and contractual costs, professional services, vehicle and equipment purchases, transfers to the General Fund, residential meters and chemical purchases. The city’s growth and maintenance on aging water and wastewater facilities are factors for the increases in several categories.

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