Utility Rates Information

Utility Rates Background:



On May 17, 2016 Council approved the adoption of a Stormwater Utility to oversee our stormwater infrastructure and provide our citizens and businesses with a managed plan for runoff during heavy rains.

On March 4, 2014 Council approved a 5 year plan which affects residents receiving services from the City of Surprise. This plan does not affect residents who are customers of private water or sanitation companies.

Utility services operate on a cost-recovery basis. The study included a 10-year forecast to ensure
rates match the expected costs of regulatory requirements and the demand for water, wastewater, sanitation and stormwater.

Why a 5-year plan?



Costs can be fairly accurately anticipated over a 5-year period.

The 5-year plan: highlights
  • Does not raise wastewater rates
  • Gradually increases water rates (see table below)
  • Implements a 2% increase July 1, 2018 (FY19) for trash collection (sanitation). This is a 33 cent monthly increase to an average customer.
  • The new rates become effective August 1, 2014, and each July 1 through 2018.
Typical Combined Residential Bill under the 5-Year Plan
(3/4" meter with 9,000 gallons potable)

Utility FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 FY2018 FY2019
Sanitation
Wastewater
Water
$16.63
$24.78
$33.79
$16.63
$24.78
$36.58
$16.63
$24.78
$39.60
$16.63
$24.78
$42.87
$16.63
$24.78
$46.41
$16.96
$24.78
$50.24
Total: $75.20 $77.99 $81.01 $84.28 $87.82 $91.98
Mo.Increase $2.79 $3.02 $3.27 $3.54 $4.16
% Increase 3.71% 3.87% 4.04% 4.20% 4.74%