13.04.130   Rates establishment.
   The city council establishes the following rates for water delivered through the city's distribution system. After July 1, 2016, water service rates may be established by resolution of the city council.
   A.   Service Charge For Residential Single Family, Residential Multi-Family, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Irrigation, and Fire Meters. A monthly service charge according to the size of the subscriber’s meter, as follows:
Residential Single Family, Residential Multi-Family, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, Irrigation, and Fire Service Monthly Service Charge
 
Current
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
Proposed Revenue Adjustments
15%
15%
12%
7.5%
7.5%
Effective Date
1/1/2019
3/1/2020
1/1/2021
1/1/2022
1/1/2023
1/1/2024
Fixed Meter Monthly Service Charge by Meter Size and Customer Type
Residential Single Family, Residential Multi-Family, Commercial, Industrial, Institutional, and Irrigation
5/8
$15.05
$17.30
$19.90
$22.29
$23.96
$25.76
3/4
$15.05
$17.30
$19.90
$22.29
$23.96
$25.76
1
$38.73
$44.54
$51.23
$57.37
$61.68
$66.30
1-1/2
$85.38
$98.19
$112.92
$126.47
$135.96
$146.15
2
$147.95
$170.15
$195.67
$219.15
$235.58
$253.25
3"-9"
$331.48
$381.20
$438.39
$490.99
$527.82
$567.40
10"
$1,057.45
$1,216.07
$1,398.48
$1,566.30
$1,683.77
$1,810.06
Residential Fire Service Meters
2"
$71.15
$81.83
$94.10
$105.39
$113.30
$121.79
4"
$140.66
$161.76
$186.02
$208.35
$223.97
$240.77
6"
$211.49
$243.21
$279.69
$313.26
$336.75
$362.01
8"
$267.00
$307.04
$353.10
$395.47
$425.13
$457.02
10"
$267.00
$307.04
$353.10
$395.47
$425.13
$457.02
Business Fire Service Meters
2"
$120.32
$138.37
$159.12
$178.22
$191.59
$205.95
4"
$267.00
$307.04
$353.10
$395.47
$425.13
$457.02
6"
$267.00
$307.04
$353.10
$395.47
$425.13
$457.02
8"
$267.00
$307.04
$353.10
$395.47
$425.13
$457.02
10"
$267.00
$307.04
$353.10
$395.47
$425.13
$457.02
 
   B.   Not used.
   C.   Usage Charges. Water charges are grouped by amount used during each monthly billing period. Usage rates are based on the amount of water used as measured in "Billing Units". Each Billing Unit is 100 cubic feet. The lowest usage level is 0 - 15 Billing Units, which correlates to 0 to 1,500 cubic feet of water.
   Residential, Multi-family and Irrigation accounts are charged at two usage levels: 0 - 15 Billing Units and 16+ Billing Units. Commercial, Industrial and Institutional accounts are charged at three usage levels: 0 - 15 Billing Units and 16 - 150 Billing Units and 151+ Billing Units.
   Temporary meters attached to hydrants shall pay for water consumed at commercial rate levels.
 
Current
2020
2021
2022
2023
2024
Proposed Revenue Adjustments
15%
15%
12%
7.5%
7.5%
Effective Date
1/1/2019
3/1/2020
1/1/2021
1/1/2022
1/1/2023
1/1/2024
Water Usage Consumption Charge per Billing Unit by Tier and Customer Type
Residential - Single Family and Multi-Family
Tier 1
0-15 Units
$2.56
$2.94
$3.38
$3.79
$4.07
$4.38
Tier 2
>16 Units
$4.08
$4.69
$5.40
$6.05
$6.50
$6.99
Commercial, Industrial, and Institutional
Tier 1
0-15 Units
$2.56
$2.94
$3.38
$3.79
$4.07
$4.38
Tier 2
16-150 Units
$4.08
$4.69
$5.40
$6.05
$6.50
$6.99
Tier 3
>151 Units
$6.01
$6.92
$7.95
$8.91
$9.58
$10.29
Irrigation
Tier 1
0-15 Units
$2.56
$2.94
$3.38
$3.79
$4.07
$4.38
Tier 2
>16 Units
$3.89
$4.47
$5.15
$5.76
$6.20
$6.66
 
   D.   Customer Deposits and Charges.
   1.   Customer Deposits. Payment of a cash deposit or some other means of securing credit established by the finance director will be required under the following conditions:
   a.   At the time of meter installation.
   b.   When a meter is turned on under the name of a new water user, regardless of property ownership.
   If a water user has had service discontinued for failure to pay, the water user shall be required to make a cash deposit in accordance with the following schedule:
 
Meter Size
Owner Deposit
Renter or Lessee Deposit
Separately metered apartment or condominium
$40
$80
Single-family detached residence or other building:
5/8" and 3/4"
$40
$80
1"
$50
$100
1 1/2" and 2"
$60
$120
3" and larger
$80
$160
Temporary meters
$600
 
   The deposit will be refunded when a customer closes the account. Interest earned will be utilized in the water fund's operations to reduce rates.
   2.   Delinquent Service Charges. All water bills shall become due and payable on the twentieth day of the month, provided the water bills are mailed the last working day of the prior month. Upon failure of a water user to pay the water bill in full on the twentieth day of the month, the bill shall be deemed delinquent and a delinquent service charge shall be added to the bill. Delinquent service charges are applied to cover a portion of the city's costs caused by such delinquencies. It is found and determined that the charges are as follows:
      a.   Ten percent of the outstanding balance over: ten dollars.
      b.   Minimum delinquent service charge: one dollar.
      c.   Maximum delinquent service charge: one hundred dollars.
   3.   Returned Check Charge. A service charge will be made whenever a check is returned by the bank, whether it is for insufficient funds or any other reason. Returned check charges are applied to cover a portion of the city's administrative costs caused by returned checks. It is found and determined that the charge does not exceed the administrative costs incurred.
   Returned check charge: twenty dollars.
   4.   Meter Re-reads and Efficiency Checks. A service charge will be made whenever a customer requests that their meter be re-read or checked for efficiency resulting in a bench test of the meter. If the city is in error due to the meter read being incorrect, the water billing will be adjusted and the meter re-read. The service charge will be refunded. Meter re-read and efficiency check service charges are applied to cover a portion of the city's administrative costs associated with such meter re-reads and efficiency checks. It is found and determined that the charge does not exceed the administrative costs incurred.
   Meter re-read/efficiency check charge: twenty-five dollars.
   5.   Discontinued Service and Turn-On Charges. Upon failure of a water user to pay the bill in full no later than twenty days following date of delinquency, the city may, after complying with the state law on discontinuance of utility service for nonpayment, discontinue the water service and shall not again furnish water service to such a user until all previous water charges, delinquent service charges, a customer deposit, and a disconnection/reconnection service charge are paid in full. The disconnection/reconnection service charge shall apply whenever water service is discontinued for nonpayment. This disconnection/reconnection service charge is applied to cover a portion of the city's administrative costs caused by discontinuing service for nonpayment of water billings. It is found and determined that the charge does not exceed the administrative costs incurred.
   Disconnection/reconnection charge: twenty- five dollars.
   Water service will not be withheld from a new residential user because of outstanding charges on the account of the preceding residential lessee or renter.
   6.   Hang Tag Charges for Last Notification Before Shut-Off. A service charge will be made whenever a customer has been determined to be so delinquent that a water shut-off notice must be hand delivered to the customer. Hang tag charges are applied to cover the city's administrative costs associated with the shut-off notices. It is hereby found and determined that the charge does not exceed the administrative costs incurred.
   Hang tag charge: ten dollars.
   7.   Applications for Service. Applications for water connections or water service of any and all types shall be on a form provided by the city and shall be signed by the applicant, and shall include the following provision:
   Applicant understands and agrees that water supplies and pressures are subject to interruption and variation. Applicant releases city and its officers, agents and employees from, and agrees that they shall not be liable with respect to any injury or damage, whether to person or property, sustained by applicant by reason of any interruption in or variation of water supplies or pressures, whether occurring at the location for which connection or service is being applied for, or at any other location, and whether occurring with or without the fault or negligence of city officers, agents or employees.
   E.   Domestic Low Income Discount.  A discount of six dollars and eighteen cents monthly shall be applied to those residents whose monthly income meets the current standards, effective as of July 1, 2019, using the Department of Housing & Community Development - State Income Limits as follows:
 
Number of Persons in Household
Gross Annual Income
1-2
$21,950 - $66,800
3
$28,200 - $75,150
4
$31,300 - $83,500
5
$33,850 - $90,200
6
$36,350 - $96,900
7
$39,010 - $103,550
8
$43,430 - $110,250
 
   An approved application must be on file with the finance department prior to the billing. Individuals shall be required to make annual application and provide proof of income and residence.
(Ord. 2020-01-1512 § 2: Ord. 2016-05-1486 § 2: Ord. 2008-10-1390 § 1: Ord. 2006-11-1366 § 1: Ord. 2001-07-1290 § 1: Ord. 98-07-1236 § 1: Ord. 97-11-1222 § 1: Ord. 96-08-1207 § 1: Ord. 95-10-1199 § 1: Ord. 596 § 2 (part), 1966: prior code § 21.04.020)