Utility Rate Study

BACKGROUND:

For planning purposes, the City recently completed a Utility Rate Study identifying future infrastructure (piping, treatment, storage, and distribution) needs and their associated costs.  The study includes recommendations for new rates for monthly users and new development charges (new homes).

The City is anticipating and planning for the construction of a fifth well and an additional water treatment facility in 2020.  Although Carver water rates have not increased since 2010, a recent Utility Rate Study determined increases are necessary to generate a positive cash flow to finance future system improvements and growth of these services.

The City Council discussed the Utility Rate Study at their meeting on Monday, July 16, at 7:00 pm.  On December 17, 2018, the City Council will be considering the adoption of the  2019 Fee Ordinance which would adopt these new rates to be effective on January 1, 2019.  City Council meetings are held in the Council Chambers at 109 Main St. E. in Historic Downtown Carver. 

GOALS – UTILITY RATE STUDY:

1)  Identify capital needs within the Water, Sanitary Sewer, and Storm Water Funds.

2)  Perform a financial analysis related to the operations, debt service, and overall fund balances.

3)  Provide recommendations on rates and charges to appropriately fund the enterprise funds. 

4)  Propose a new tier system with a focus on essential water.

 

New Utility Rates Effective January 1, 2019

 

AVERAGE IMPACT:

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS:

Resident’s Guide

Utility Rate Study Overview

Utility Rate Study – Abdo, Eick, and Meyers

QUESTIONS & COMMENTS:

Questions and comments related to the Utility Rate Study and the changes to the utility fees can be directed to Brent Mareck, City Manager, at (952) 448-8737 or bmareck@cityofcarver.com.