The Edgerton City Council approved a rate increase for both water and sewer that will be effective May 1, 2016.
Last November, Edgerton contracted with Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. (RFC) to perform a comprehensive utility rate study for both water and sewer, according to Beth Linn, city administrator. The changes in structures and rates were based on recommendations from that comprehensive study.
“One of the largest contributing factors driving the need for the increases is the increasing cost of electricity for both transportation and treatment of water and sewer,” Linn said. “The City of Edgerton is no longer able to absorb these large, compounding increases.”
Rate increases in Kansas for Kansas City Power and Light were: 7.4 percent in 2007; 6.5 percent in 2008; 14.4 percent in 2009; 4.6 percent in 2010; 6.7 percent in 2013 and 2.2 percent in 2014.
Even after the rate increases, Linn said, Edgerton has lower combined utility bills then most of the surrounding cities.
Under the proposed new rate, Edgerton customers would spend about $62.15 for 3,000 gallons compared to $65.25 in Spring Hill and $71.49 in Gardner, according to Raftelis Financial Consultants report.
Assuming a 5/8 inch meter, the combined water/sewer bill for 3,000 gallons increases about 21.2 percent from $51.30 to $62.15 per month, according to Raftelis Financial Consultants report.
Graph courtesy of city of Edgerton

Graph courtesy of city of Edgerton

Water rate increase
Under the new rates, the customer service charge (the monthly fee for being connected to the system) no longer includes a minimum number of gallons and is based on the size of water meter. The Volumetric Rate includes an inclining block rate structure with three tiers (0-2,000; 2001-10,000; and >10,001).
“This new structure promotes water conservation which is important for smaller households of users that use less than 2,000 per month (which was the previous minimum),” Linn said.
Sewer rate increase
The council approved an increase in both the customer service charge (the monthly service charge for being connected to the wastewater system) to $5.84 per month and the Uniform Volumetric Rate to $6.76 (per 1,000 gallons) used, according to Linn.