No Increase for 2020 Sewer Billing or 2020 Water Surcharge Amount

P R O C E E D I N G S        Minutes, November 11, 2019   

Acceptance of the 2020 Annual Budget

         R-19-069   Resolved upon motion by Treasurer Dwyer, seconded by Vice-Chairman Coria and unanimously carried to accept the 2020 budget as revised by the Budget committee.

         The budget committee recommended that the annual sanitary sewer rates NOT be increased for 2020.  After review of the costs of Metro Wastewater Reclamation District (MWRD) sewage treatment charges, billing, operations and maintenance expenses, capital improvement project, the budget committee decided that the sewer billing amount is adequate to cover the costs for 2020.

  • The 2020 Annual Sanitary Sewer Rate will be $16.60 per thousand gallons of water used from November 2019 through February 2020.

  • The 2020 Residential Annual Minimum will be $229.00 and billed at $57.25 per quarter. The 2020 Commercial Annual Minimum will be $397.00 and billed at $99.25 per quarter.

  • The billing cycle for 2020 will continue to be billed quarterly by dividing the annual bill into quarterly installments.

 The Budget Committee also recommended that the $6.00 per month per SFRE water surcharge to the Denver Water billing would be sufficient to pay for planned capital improvement projects and operations and maintenance of the water system and will not be increased for 2020 

Preceding this action, the Board has identified and engaged in a deliberative process to prepare the 2020 budget and has considered the following factors in the process of setting appropriate water and sanitary sewer rates:

  • The District has engaged an external consultant to perform the 2019 Rate Study Update which was provided by Raftelis Financial Consultants

  • Operations and maintenance needs of the District-owned water and sanitary sewer systems which includes such projects as replacement or relining of sanitary sewer lines and the major repair or replacement of water distribution lines.

  • The District’s Master Plan which was updated in 2018

  • Capital Improvement Projects and Long-Term Planning

  • Historical considerations

The District will continue to review the sewer rates and the water surcharge amount each year to determine if a rate increase is necessary.


Posted by Jan C. Walker, District Manager

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