In a continuing effort to secure funding for the approximately $40 million of needed improvements for water and wastewater facilities, treatment, distribution and water collection services over the next 25 years, water and sewer rates will increase, 8% and 4% respectively, as identified in the 2018 utility rate study.  The new rates will be effective December 1, 2019.  

The study shows increases for water and sewer rates over a five-year period.  The first increase took effect December 1, 2018.  

Though these changes are effective December 1, 2019, customers will not see changes on their utility bills until the January bill for monthly customers or the April bill for quarterly customers. 

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