The St. Francis City Council voted unanimously to increase the city’s water and sewer rates effective for bills due on March 10, 2014.
The rate changes include increasing the base fee for sewer from $12.25 to $12.50; increasing the monthly sewer usage fee per 1,000 gallons from $4.55 to $4.90; and increasing the base fee for water from $11.75 to $13.75. A state water test fee of 53 cents is added to that last amount, bringing the total to $14.28.
Tiered conservation water usage charges will increase as follows: for zero to 14,999 gallons, the rate per 1,000 gallons is increasing from $4.05 to $4.25; for 15,000 to 29,999 gallons the rate is going from $4.25 to $4.45; for 30,000 to 44,999 gallons the rate is increasing from $4.95 to $5.15; and for usage of more than 45,000 gallons the rate will top out at $6.15 per gallon, up from $5.95.
Since Jan. 1, 2010, state law has required public water suppliers serving more than 1,000 people implement a tiered rate structure that encourages water conservation.
It is estimated that the rate increases would generate an additional $42,275 in sewer revenues and an additional $90,200 in water revenues. This money would go toward covering the city’s water and sewer fund costs as well as providing for the debt service payments to the Minnesota Public Facilities Authority.
St. Francis last saw a water and sewer increase on Feb. 1, 2011.