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Water and Wastewater Rate Increase in 2010

The new rate structure is effective for services beginning January 1, 2010

Post Date:12/21/2009

December 16, 2009

Franklin—Beginning January 1, 2010 the City of Franklin will implement a rate increase for water and wastewater services. The increase applies to both residential and commercial customers provided with water and/or wastewater services by the City of Franklin. The increase is driven by state regulatory requirements including system reliability and water quality. The City also strives to maintain a high level of service to customers.

The monthly increase for a residential water customer inside the city who uses 7,000 gallons a month is about $3.00. For wastewater the same residential customer will see an approximate $4.50 increase. The monthly rate increase for commercial customers inside the city with a water consumption of 25,000 gallons a month will be approximately $6.32 and wastewater will be about $9.50. (See chart below)

“The City’s water rates are very competitive compared to other water services in the area,” said City Administrator Eric Stuckey. “The increase will assist the city with ongoing upgrades to the City’s water distribution system and wastewater collection system to ensure reliability, quality and enhanced customer service.”

“The proposed rate changes are estimated to increase operations revenue by 10 percent in water treatment and distribution and 15 percent in wastewater operations,” said Water Management Director Mark Hilty. “The City is required by State law to develop and maintain a rate structure that covers the costs of providing services to our customers.”

The Board of Mayor and Aldermen passed the resolution increasing the rates in August 2009. Residents will receive a pamphlet explaining the rate increases and a chart explaining water usage and rate structure in the first week of January 2010. The increase will show up in the February or March bills.

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