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Proposed 2018 water and sewer rates announced

Posted Aug. 16, 2017

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In 2018, average Fort Worth residential customers would see their combined water and sewer bill increase by $3.31 per month, based on the proposed rates presented to the City Council. With the proposed changes, the average customer would pay about $2.09 a day for water and sewer service.

A report outlining the proposed 2018 rate changes and explaining the factors behind the changes is available for review in all Fort Worth libraries and the City of Fort Worth website.

Written comments regarding the report must be submitted to the interim water director by noon on Thursday, Sept. 7. They can be sent by email, or mailed to:

Ms. Kara Shuror, Interim Director
Fort Worth Water Department
200 Texas St.
Fort Worth, TX 76102

If approved by the City Council during the Sept. 12 meeting, the new rates take effect Jan. 1, 2018.

The proposed changes to water and wastewater 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 customers, the proposed rates for the first tier remain the same as the current rate. There is a proposed increase in rates for the other three tiers. The proposed 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 of aging water and wastewater facilities are factors for proposed increases in several categories.

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