A final reading and approval of wastewater rate increases for all users is set for the June 13 city council meeting.
On Monday, the Sioux Center City Council had its second of three public readings of the proposed new wastewater rates, needed to build and operate a new treatment plant for the community.
The wastewater treatment facility will be constructed starting as soon as late 2017 to meet new, more stringent DNR standards and to replace the community’s 40-year-old plant.
If approved at the June 13 council meeting, wastewater rates will increase in two steps, with the first increase this July. The second increase is planned for July 2018.
“We want to buffer the impact of increased rates to users by spreading them out over two years,” Sioux Center Utility Manager Murray Hulstein said. “Beginning those increases now makes good business sense as we prepare for construction costs.”
For residential and commercial customers, the proposed increases this July would bring the monthly service charge from $12.90 to $18 per month. Usage rates per 1,000 gallons for these customers would increase from $2.90 to $4.25. Residential and commercial wastewater bills are a combination of the monthly service charge plus the fee per gallons used.
The second increase, proposed for July 2018, would bring the monthly service charge to $22. The per-1,000-gallon usage fee would increase by $1.15 to be $5.40 per 1,000 gallons.
Industrial users are paying a portion of the construction costs based on their usage. They will also see 20-40 percent increases in their monthly rates.
The City of Sioux Center’s sanitary sewer system collects and treats wastewater produced by more than 2,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers, and it is paid for by user fees.