Some major water and sewer rate increases are being considered by the Jefferson City Council to help balance the 2009 budget, which is expected to be tight due to fewer tap fees being sold.
Customers who use less than 2,000 gallons of water per month will see no change to their water and sewer bills. Those who use less than 6,000 gallons per month will see their bill increase by $8.45 per month, or about 16 percent. Officials said two-thirds of all users use less than 6,000 gal. per month.
The biggest increase will be for major commercial users. A commercial user, such as a restaurant, that uses 22,500 gallons per month will see its rate increase from $244 to $345, a 41 percent jump.
A very high commercial user that uses 975,000 gallons or more per month will see its bill go from $10,618 per month to $13,912 per month.
The water rate increases are expected to generate 22 percent more in water sales revenue to the city next year to $3.2 millon, up from $2.6 million in the 2008 budget.
The Jefferson water and sewer budget also calls for a five percent pay hike for all water and sewer department employees.
The new rate schedule for residential, commercial and industrial was presented to the Jefferson City Council last week for consideration. Action will be taken at the next meeting, set for 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 24, at the civic center.