A consultant will recommend next week that the Winder City Council raise water and sewer rates every year until at least 2020 to pay for $50 million in utility projects.
Bobby Sills of Nelsnick Enterprises Inc. gave a preview of his upcoming presentation at last Thursday’s meeting of the council’s Utility & Stormwater Committee. His formal presentation will be at the council’s 6 p.m. work session Monday, March 3.
Four years ago, Sills did a similar rate study for Winder and recommended five years of annual rate increases. The council only approved the one for FY2011, and the rates have not increased since then.
Sills told the committee that he based his new recommendations on the projected costs of water and sewer projects over the next 10 years. Among them are Winder’s $21 million share of the joint reservoir project with Auburn; $8 million for infrastructure to be able to use Fort Yargo Lake during a catastrophic failure of the city’s water system; and about $21 million for smaller water and sewer projects.
Sills said rates need to rise enough to increase water and sewer revenues by about 10 percent in the fiscal year starting July 1, then 6 percent each year through FY2018, followed by smaller annual increases after that.
For the full story, see the Feb. 26 issue of the Barrow Journal.