Sewer Rate Changes

This page has been created to answer questions about new sewer rates enacted by the Board of Aldermen. You may always contact us with questions, comments or concerns. 

Why do sewer rates need to go up?

In October 2016, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released a new operating permit for our wastewater (sewer) treatment facility. In that new permit, DNR set higher standards for the levels of treatment that we must achieve. These new levels cannot be reached with our current facility, and DNR has estimated that necessary upgrades to achieve these new levels will cost between $1.9-3.1 million dollars. These upgrades are not optional and new requirements will be implemented in 2023.    

Why do they have to go up so much?

Required upgrades to our facility will cost between $1.9-3.1 million dollars. Previous rates would not provide enough money to pay for these upgrades.          

Are there grants available that we could use instead of raising rates?

Yes and no. USDA grant and loan programs are available, and the city will apply for these programs. However, these programs require that cities charge a minimum of 2% of their median household income for the average user in order to qualify for grants and loan programs, which is approximately $58.00 per month.

Where will the money go?  

Money from the rate increase will go to pay for engineering costs, construction costs and operating costs to meet new DNR standards.

How do our rates compare to other cities our size?

Our current sewer rates are much less than other communities. New rates are comparable to other local communities.  For example, an average user (3,001-4000 gallons) in Calhoun pays $47.25, in Urich $53.29, and in Hickory Hills subdivision outside Warrensburg $56.00. These communities have all recently undergone similar upgrades to what is being required in our community.  

What’s my new rate going to be?

Effective January 1, 2018, new sewer rates are as follows:

Gallons used per month

New rate effective Jan 1, 2018

Less than 1,000

$19.00

1001-2000

$23.00

2001-3000

$27.00

3001-4000

$31.00

4001-5000

$35.00

5001-6000

$39.00

6001-7000

$43.00

7001-8000

$47.00

Each additional 1,000 gallons

Additional $4.00 per thousand gallons, or fraction thereof

 

Effective January 1, 2019, the base sewer rate will increase to $29.50 for less than 1,000 gallons, with an additional $4.50 per each additional thousand gallons or fraction thereof.

Effective January 1, 2020, the base sewer rate will increase to $40.00 for less than 1,000 gallons, with an additional $5.75 per each additional thousand gallons or fraction thereof. 

Is there anything we can do to keep from raising rates this much?

The Board of Aldermen has agreed to implement new rates over a 3-year period instead of making rates jump significantly all at once. This means that residents will not have to pay the full increase in rates until January 1, 2020. This was an effort by the Board to lessen the impact of these new rates on our community and give families time to prepare for rate increases.

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