Utility Rate Update
Utility rates are increasing on Oct. 1, 2020. Users can expect to see the adjustment on their bill arriving in November.
This decision was made after an in-depth study, conducted by Woodard & Curran Inc., deemed the rate increase necessary to align the cost of service with the utility rate. This increase is the first of two users can expect to see with the next change beginning in January 2021.
|Number of Gallons||Fee|
|First 15,000 Gallons||$4.56 per 1,000|
|Over 15,000 Gallons||$5.70 per 1,000|
|Over 30,000 Gallons||$7.72 per 1,000|
- How much will the rate increase for the average household?
- Why is there a tier structure and what does it cost?
- When was the last time rates were increased?
- Why is the base rate increasing?
- What if COVID-19 has impacted my ability to pay?
- What is the town doing with the bulk dispensing water machine?
- Has the Town considered increasing the cost for developers and new houses?
- What is the average water usage per household in Wellington?
- What other options will the town pursue to handle the water issues with the increased development and growth?
- What water fees and rates are charged for new construction homes? How do new construction fees help pay for water infrastructure?
- Have you considered incentives for xeriscaping current homes and restrictions on landscaping with new builds?
- Have you considered conducting a long-term plan that reflects our values and needs for growth and community life?
- What kind of impact will the new high school/middle school have on the water issue?
- Will we be charged for 7,000 gallons regardless of how much water we use?
- What is the timeline for the water rates decision?
- Are there other options such as joining another water district or starting our own?
- Has the cost of our water gone up?
- How is the Town engaging residents to provide input on the proposed water rates?
- When is the water plant being built?
- Why is it so expensive and why are there restrictions when other communities are not having the same problems?
Virtual Town Hall-August 10, 2020 at 6pm
Our Virtual Town Hall was conducted on Monday, August 10 at 6pm. There was a presentation outlining the Water Rate Increase and an opportunity for the public to submit comments and questions to the Board of Trustees.
You can find the link to the Town Hall recording below:
During previous Board of Trustee meetings and work sessions, presentations were given to detail the water utility rate increase process. Several scenarios were presented before Scenario Two was passed on Sept. 22, 2020. If you would like to view the presentations, they are available below.