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File #: 2937-2018    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 10/17/2018 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 11/19/2018 Final action: 11/21/2018
Title: To amend various sections of Chapter 1105 of the Columbus City Codes, and to enact new water rates for the year beginning January 1, 2019, and to repeal the existing Sections being amended.
Attachments: 1. Water Rate Chart Master Meter 2019, 2. Water Rate Chart Residential 2019, 3. Water Rate Chart Commercial - Industrial 2019 NEW
Explanation

This ordinance authorizes an increase in water rates effective January 1, 2019 for the Division of Water and to amend Chapter 1105 of the Columbus City Codes, 1959.

The proposed rate configuration for 2019 recognizes that water and sewer charges disproportionately affect lower income groups. The Department of Public Utilities will continue the Low Income Discount Program that discounts participant's sewer commodity portion of their quarterly bill by 20%.

Requested adjustments in rates result in a typical inside city residential water rate increase of 2%. When a sewer increase of 3% and a 1% increase in stormwater rates are considered, the overall impact on a typical residential customer's bill in the City of Columbus is 2.49%, and for a typical outside city residential customer, the overall bill impact is 2.51%. Low Income Discount participant's overall bill impact is 2.47%. Outside city customers are not charged stormwater fees. Considering the 2019 rates increases for water, sewer, and storm combined -- based on average household water use of 30 ccf's per quarter, City of Columbus residents are estimated to see their total bill increase $6.95 per quarter, or $27.80 per year.

The Sewer and Water Advisory Board (SWAB) met on September 26, 2018, and after reviewing the Department of Public Utilities' projected expenditures for Fiscal Year 2019, recommends to City Council a 2% increase in water rates and no increase to the water capacity charges.

FISCAL IMPACT: These rate increases will generate approximately $3.1 million in additional revenue in Fiscal Year 2019. Combined with rates increased for Sewer and Stormwater, the overall impact to a City of Columbus' resident will be 2.49%.

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To amend various sections of Chapter 1105 of the Columbus City Codes, and to enact new water rates for the year beginning January 1, 2019, and to repeal the existing Sections being amended.

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WHEREAS, it is necessary to establish new water services r...

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