Council to vote on utility rate increase of $0.95 per month

(Sheridan, Wyo.) — The Sheridan City Council will discuss and discuss water and sewer utility rate increases at a work session beginning at 6 p.m., and take a vote at a regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at City Hall. In Resolution 41-15 "Utility Rates for Water and Sewer Service," city staff recommends that the council establish connection charges, plant investment fees and utility rates for water and sewer service. This resolution is intended to be effective Feb. 1, 2016. According to the City, "minimal, consistent rate adjustments" of 1.25 percent annually for water and 3 percent annually for sewer for four years, projected over an 8-year financial planning horizon, would allow the water and sewer enterprises to continue to be effectively operated and maintained, while working to meet reserve targets of $1.85M and $1.26M respectively by the end of FY 2017. The water and sewer rates recommended for approval in Resolution 41-15 will increase the average customer’s bill by $.95/month ($0.40 for water and $0.55 for sewer) and will be effective Feb. 1, 2016. All other connection charges and plant investment fees are proposed to remain unchanged. "Consistent and low rate adjustments such as these will allow the rates for our customers to remain as low as possible while avoiding the need for large rate hikes in the future," a memo from City Utilities Director Dan Roberts to the Council reads. The Council will also hear presentation on Resolution 43-15, followed by a subsequent vote, authorizing the development and implementation of a Utility Assistance Program, reducing monthly utility base charges by 50% for qualified elderly and disabled customers. The Council will also discuss a number of subdivision developments, approval of the Kendrick Golf Course contract renewal and board reappointments tonight. *Feature photo: Pitchengine Communities* #dally #news