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File #: 3142-2023    Version: 1
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 11/2/2023 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 11/20/2023 Final action: 11/22/2023
Title: To amend Section 1147.11 of the Columbus City Codes to enact new sanitary sewer service rates for the year beginning January 1, 2024; and to repeal the existing section being amended.
Attachments: 1. Sewer Rate Chart 2024 - ORD

This ordinance authorizes an increase in sewer rates effective January 1, 2024 for the Division of Sewerage and Drainage and to amend Chapter 1147 of the Columbus City Codes, 1959.

Requested adjustments in rates result in a typical inside city residential sewer rate increase of 5%. When a water increase of 5% 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 4.72%, and for a typical outside city residential customer, the overall bill impact is 5.0%. Low Income Discount participant's overall bill impact is 4.67%. Outside city customers are not charged stormwater fees. Considering the 2024 rates increases for water, sewer, and storm combined -- based on an average residential customer with water use of 17 ccf's per quarter, City of Columbus residents are estimated to see their total bill increase $10.16 per quarter, or $40.65 per year. City of Columbus residents with a household of four or more with water use of 30 ccf's per quarter are estimated to see their total bill increase $15.91 per quarter, or $63.62 per year.

The proposed rate configuration for 2024 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 sewer bill by 20%.

In 2005, in accordance with Ordinance No.1904-2005, passed November 28, 2005, Council created a Clean River Fee to recover costs of construction of projects necessary to meet the requirements of the two consent orders that mandate elimination of wet weather flow from Combined Sewer Overflows and Sanitary Sewer Overflows. This charge was assessed based on each property's measured impervious surface area. Since 2005, Council has approved across-the-board rate increases, including the Clean River Fee. The Department of Public Utilities, with approval of the Sew...

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