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Report on 2013 Water and Wastewater Retail Rate Structure Stakeholder Group Meetings and 2014 Rate Recommendations

This report includes the Retail Rate Structure Stakeholder Group’s input to the Water Director regarding rate structure and the Water Director’s rate recommendations to the City Council. Final rate-setting authority lies with the City Council. The Water Department is funded solely by its rates and fees – no tax revenue is received. The rate and fee revenue must be sufficient to meet operations and maintenance, debt service and capital requirements, established cash reserve or fund balance targets, and legal debt service coverage requirements.

The primary driver behind this year’s water rate increase is a 14.9 percent increase in raw water costs. The overall water budget is going up $9.6 million and the increase in raw water costs accounts for $9.3 million of that amount. The Department began Fiscal Year 2013 with a $5,940,698 adopted budget deficit and a planned use of debt service reserves to offset the shortfall. To overcome this deficit and prevent further use of reserves in FY2014, a rate increase is needed.

On the wastewater side, the proposed increase would be the second in a two-year phase-in to bring budgeted volumes in line with actual flows.

All citizens and water customers are invited to provide written comments. Comments must be received on or before 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. The City Council may act on the recommendations as early as Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

Please send written comments to:

                                    Mr. S. Frank Crumb, P.E., B.C.E.E., Director

                                    Fort Worth Water Department

                                    1000 Throckmorton

                                    Fort Worth, Texas  76102

                                    Fax: 817-392-8195

                                    E-mail:  WPE@fortworthtexas.gov

Questions may be directed to Mary Gugliuzza, media relations and communications coordinator with the Fort Worth Water Department, at 817-392-8253 or WPE@fortworthtexas.gov.

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