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No increase in water, wastewater rates for 2019

Posted Aug. 15, 2018

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Despite a higher budget in fiscal year 2019, the recommendation to the Fort Worth City Council is to not increase water and wastewater rates next year, keeping the current rates in place.

The Water Department’s proposed budget is almost $5.6 million, or 1.2 percent, higher than the current budget.

The primary reasons for the higher FY2019 proposed budget are increases in personnel costs associated with operation and maintenance of a growing system, meeting new regulatory requirements and increasing the level of service to customers through enhancements to the utility’s call center; as well as increased investment in rehabilitation and replacement of existing assets.

In addition, there are increased funding levels associated with the city manager’s proposed staff pay-for-performance compensation plan, and increased health insurance and pension costs.

These increases are also partially offset by a reduction in debt service costs due to the retirement of old debt, and a reduction in the purchase of vehicles and equipment.

The city is able to avoid a retail rate increase because of projected increased revenues from other sources, including impact fees, taps and extensions attributable to system growth.

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