September 2, 2022 |
The current rate water users in Rawlins pay on their monthly bills does not cover the cost of service and a rate increase is required.
This is the conclusion contained in 107-page analysis provided to the city last week by a rate specialist Carl Brown.
The city hired Brown to evaluate what it costs to maintain the municipal water supply and how it can sustain itself into the future. Brown will present his findings Tuesday night at a workshop prior to the regular Rawlins City Council meeting.
The bottom line is revenues are falling short of the cost of transporting, treating and delivering treated drinking water to the tap. Brown’s analysis concludes that a 0.25 percent increase may be needed to charge the real cost-of-service to users. Even with the increase, Rawlins residents would still be paying below the national average.
Residents can bone up for Tuesday night’s discussion and share your feedback on the city’s website. An overview of the study as well as a link to the report can be found at rawlinswy.gov/rateinput. We’ll have more next week on this story.
Pictured: File photo of faucet. Photo by Cali O’Hare/Bigfoot 99.