St. Pete City Council Considers Utility Rate Increases

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St. Petersburg City Council will consider proposed increases to water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater, and sanitation utility rates on Thursday, August 2, at 8:30am and during a public hearing August 23 at 6pm. Both meetings will be held in City Hall Council Chamber, 175 5th St. N. You can view the proposed rate adjustments following the August 2 meeting at www.stpete.org/utility.

If approved, utility rate increases would take effect on October 1st of this year. Customers could see adjustments to monthly sanitation and stormwater fees on their October bills, and rate increases for water, wastewater and reclaimed water would appear on their November bills.

Single-family residential utility customers are currently charged a flat rate per parcel for stormwater services. On April 1, 2019, the city plans to move from the one-size-fits-all flat rate residential stormwater billing system to a more equitable tiered rate system based on the square footage of a property’s impervious surfaces. Once the tiered rate system goes into effect, single-family residential utility customers will see either an increase or decrease to their monthly stormwater charges, depending on their property’s impervious surface assessment. Many cities across the U.S. already use the tiered rate billing system, which provides residential customers with a more equitable distribution of stormwater charges.