Proposed Rates Sewer Rate Increases
Environmental Services realizes the impact sewer rate increases have on Springfield citizens and businesses and we take this issue very seriously as we strive to keep rates as low as possible. We also realize the need to efficiently operate and maintain this critical piece of community infrastructure and meet the City’s regulatory obligations under the Clean Water Act.
Based on the community's Integrated Planning efforts, Environmental Services continues to focus our citizen’s resources on activities that maximize the benefit to our ratepayers while meeting our regulatory obligations. While communities across the country are facing skyrocketing sewer bills as a result of attempting to meet mandates, Springfield’s Overflow Control Plan represents a reasonable approach to investing in our sewer system in a way that protects the interests of our citizens while meeting the terms of our Amended Consent Judgment.
Sewer Rates Present & Future Charges
The last scheduled rate increase approved by Springfield City Council went into effect July 1, 2019. Per the OCP, the City is required to enact another series of sewer rate increases over the next three years to fund projects required by the Amended Consent Judgement.
While sewer revenue modeling initially anticipated annual increases of 6% or more, we are pleased to report that the proposed rate increases are lower than previously projected. This is due to many factors, including increased efficiency and improved operations as well as a better-than-anticipated interest rate on the last capital improvement bond.
At this time, we are proposing a system-wide increase of 5% for each of the next three years. These increases would begin to take effect July 1, 2020 and will increase the average residential bill (based on an average usage of 6 CCF) each year by $1.69 to $1.97 a month.
Monthly Customer Charge
Volume Charge Per CCF (748 gals.)
|July 1, 2019||$19.80||$2.40|
|July 1, 2020||$20.89||$2.50|
|July 1, 2021||$22.03||$2.60|
|July 1, 2022||$23.34||$2.71|
All future dates (indicated in gray) are proposed rate increases.