Boise Council Will Vote Tuesday on Higher Sewer Rates

Posted by George Prentice on Sun, Aug 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM

When the Boise City Council meets Tuesday, Aug. 23, they will consider (in the third and final reading) a 2.5 percent increase in consumer and commercial sewer rates. The increase is expected to bump up an average household bill by 57 cents per month. A series of 3-percent rate increases starting in Fiscal Year 2013 is also anticipated.

Boise Public Works officials say the new revenues are necessary for a series of improvements to the city's wastewater treatment operations. In 2012 the Environmental Protection Agency is expected to unveil never-before-seen restrictions on phosphorous and water temperature. The changes are expected to require nearly $4 million in immediate capital improvements and nearly $1.5 million in annual chemical costs for Boise.

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Understand increases are needed, but 2.5% plus 3% more per year for an unknown amount of time for a "never-before-seen...anticipated restrictions, with expected (revenue needs)" certainly planning is good, but let's wait to see the actual restrictions before funding or else we might be raising rates too much or too little.

Posted by jj on 08/21/2011 at 11:35 AM
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