The primary of two public workshops on easy methods to finest cost for water and sewer providers will likely be held throughout subsequent Tuesday night time’s Metropolis Council assembly.
A 30-page workers report outlining the outcomes of a research by a city-hired guide was made public late Tuesday afternoon and is offered for evaluate at poway.org. It discusses 9 totally different charges buildings for water and 4 for wastewater service.
A second workshop is scheduled for Nov. 19.
Whereas every of the speed buildings outlined within the workers report accommodates calculations on the affect on residential buyer payments, any proposed charge modifications would be the topic of one other public listening to on March three of subsequent yr. Notices of that listening to will likely be mailed to each water buyer. Metropolis workers is proposing to set charges for each 2020-2021 and 2021-22 subsequent spring. The report suggests four.5 % water charge will increase for every of the 2 years.
Throughout a Jan. eight workshop on proposed 2019-20 charges, council members famous the time had come for a contemporary charge research because it had been years for the reason that topic had been addressed. The workshop included damaging feedback from members of the general public concerning the charge buildings, particularly how town determines bi-monthly sewer prices. An out of doors consulting agency was employed and its findings function the premise for the workers report launched Tuesday.
At the moment, town has a two-tiered water charge schedule, with 94 % of utilization and 98 % of payments falling within the decrease class. The workers report gives three two-tiered schedules, three three-tiered schedules and three four-tiered schedules. Inside every of the choices are differing percentages of fastened (operational) and variable (water-related) prices. At the moment, the fastened/variable value break up is 16/84 %. The schedules offered regulate these splits from 17/83 between % to 25/75 %.
Relying on the choice being examined, water payments for the typical resident buyer, who makes use of 37 models of water over two months, will likely be comparatively unaffected. Nevertheless, the payments for these lesser quantities might both enhance, keep about the identical or lower considerably, relying on the choice chosen. Excessive-end water customers are in the identical place, once more relying on the choice picked.
Town has a seven-tiered sewer schedule and makes use of a three-year common of water use between November and April. New buildings provided for dialogue embody one which establishes a hard and fast charge for all prospects with out the November-to-April measurements and one other that mixes each a hard and fast charge and winter/spring water use.
Tuesday’s council assembly will start at 7 p.m. within the council chambers on Civic Middle Drive. The assembly will likely be livestreamed on poway.org and will likely be posted the next day for later viewing.