A gradual increase to the city of Warsaw stormwater utility rate got unanimous approval by the Common Council on first reading during Monday night’s common council meeting.
The first reading has the rate increasing yearly over the next five years to $8 per month by 2025. The current rate is $2.95 per month. Mayor Joe Thallemer said that the rate was first established in 2013 and hasn’t been touched since.
If approved next month, the fee schedule will look like this:
- Beginning January 1st, 2021: Base rate of $1.19, variable rate of $2.67 = $3.86/month
- January 1st, 2022: Base rate of $1.51, variable rate of $3.39 = $4.90/month
- January 1st, 2023: Base rate of $1.83, variable rate of $4.10 = $5.93/month
- January 1st, 2024: Base rate of $2.15, variable rate of $4.82 = $6.97/month
- January 1st, 2025: Base rate of $2.47, variable rate of $5.53 = $8.00/month
The fees are used to help with mandated stormwater control measures and requirements, along with maintaining the city’s stormwater infrastructure. Thallemer also noted several capital improvement projects that need to be completed, and that the fees will help get those done.
A public hearing, along with a second reading of the rates will happen in November at the next common council meeting. If the council approves the rates then, they will be in effect.