The Brighton City Council last night approved rate increases for water and sewer services. The new rates, which go into effect with utility bills issued after Jan. 1, include an increase to both fixed rates and user rates for water and sewer as well as the addition of a storm drainage fee.
For fixed rates, residential consumers will now pay $12.98 per month for water, up a 62 cents, and $9.15 per month for sewer, up $1. The fixed storm drainage fee will be $2.12 per month, up 28 cents.
For user rates, residential consumers will now pay $4.46 per 1,000 gallons of water up to 25,000 gallons of water used, up 21 cents per 1,000 gallons. Wastewater user fees will remain and $4.24 per 1,000 gallons of sewer.
The average family that uses approximately 11,000 gallons of water and sewer in the summer months can expect to see their user rate increase by about $2.31 per month and their fixed rate to increase by $1.90 each month.
Commercial users will also see an increase to their water and sewer fixed rates and user rates based on the size of their meter.
“The adjustment to utility rates will allow the Utility Fund to balance its 2014 Budget to sustain the dependable City water and sewer services. We continue to seek additional funds and improved technology to upgrade our existing water and sewer infrastructure so we can continue to meet the needs of our customers well into the future,” said Jim Landeck, Director of Utilities for the City of Brighton. “Our Utilities staff has emphasized that the City Council adoption of a long term Utility Business Plan in September of 2013 will guide our continuing efforts to establish a sustainable long-term revenue program for maintenance and replacement of 100-year-old components of Brighton’s utility system.”
For questions regarding utility charges, please call 303-655-2009.