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  • RWRD proposes sewer bill increases in 2017

    Dec 09, 2016 | Read More News
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    Wastewater facilityThe Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department and its Advisory Committee will hold public meetings Dec. 12 and Dec. 15 to inform the public on its proposal to increase existing sewer user rates and fees by 4 percent in early 2017.  

    The department will hold its first meeting at 6 p.m., Dec. 12 in the Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation facility, 3500 W. River Road, and the second at 8 a.m., Dec. 15 in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, 130 W. Congress St., First Floor.

    If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the increases would ensure the County generates enough revenue to cover its operating, maintenance, and debt expenses while also having enough financial reserves, which are required by the bond market for the county’s sewer debt.

    “After three and a half years without an increase, the County’s sewer system is operating under increasing financial pressure, which makes it difficult to adequately maintain the system’s necessary infrastructure,” said Keith Dommer, Pima County Finance and Risk Management director.

    The county last raised sewer bills in 2013. 

    The effect on sewer bills will vary by customer depending on whether they pay a residential, commercial, multi-family or industrial volume rate. The current residential volume rate is $3.52 per unit and the current monthly service fee for all customers is $12.63. If the 4 percent increase for both the user fee and rate are approved, the new rate will be $3.66 and the new fee will be $13.14. This fee and rate change would increase an average customer’s sewer bill $1.49 from $37.29 to about $38.78. 

     “We determined that a 4 percent increase would be a reasonable amount to help us protect critical infrastructure,” said John Lynch, chair of the financial sub-committee for the advisory committee. “In the coming years, however, we will continue to assess the need for increased revenue.”

    For those who cannot attend the two informational meetings, they can also call Pima County’s Finance and Risk Management Department, 724-3669, or submit their questions by email. The public can also review the proposed rate increase online in the RWRD 2016 Financial Report

    The Board of Supervisors is expected to hear the matter at its Jan. 17 meeting.