COPPERAS COVE — Several fees for city services are proposed to increase in fiscal year 2014 to offset growing costs for those amenities.
Treatment of raw water and testing of treated sewer water continues to cost more as do other services, said Ryan Haverlah, the city’s budget director.
“As land becomes more scarce for garbage disposal, the cost to haul and dispose of the city’s garbage increases,” he said, giving an example of why the figures rise.
According to the city’s proposed budget, water, sewer and solid waste collection charges to residents are expected to increase by varying amounts to bring in additional revenue.
Residential garbage collection rates are proposed to increase from $16 to $16.25 per container per month.
For businesses using 96-gallon containers, which are collected twice a week, rates are proposed to move from $28 to $32.50 per container per month.
Collection rates for commercial Dumpsters also are rising based on the size of the containers and the frequency of collection.
When it comes to garbage collection, the Copperas Cove City Council also directed staff to develop an ordinance allowing the city to bill residents for an additional trash container if they use their recycling container as a trash bin during that month.
For residents, water rates are proposed to increase from $3.27 to $3.35 per 1,000 gallons used and sewer rates are projected to increase from $4.96 to $4.99 per 1,000 gallons used.
The increases for water, sewer and garbage collection rates are based on a utility rate study conducted for the city in 2011, Haverlah said.
“Water and sewer rate increases are also recommended to cover increases in debt service requirements for associated projects that will allow the city to continue providing the service and avoid penalties from (Texas Commission on Environmental Quality),” City Manager Andrea Gardner said.
Water and sewer rates are proposed to increase for bulk water purchase and contractors, according to the proposed budget.
The suggested increases to the city’s fees are projected to generate revenues of $238,748, city documents stated.
“The fee schedule causes the person or organization requesting services to bear the cost of the service and not the entire community through property taxes,” Haverlah said.