Cottonwood to discuss water, wastewater fee increases Tuesday

A compromise staff is proposing is a multiyear plan that would “meet the town’s needs in the long run,” said Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin.  VVN file photo

A compromise staff is proposing is a multiyear plan that would “meet the town’s needs in the long run,” said Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin. VVN file photo

Tuesday, the Cottonwood City Council will discuss rate options for water and wastewater fees.

During a November work session, council directed staff to look at additional rate options, more specifically the city’s wastewater utility rates.

There have been several water rate committee meetings in the last 18 months.

In a study conducted by staff, they concluded “ … that small adjustments in years 2-5 over the next 5-year period would support the system’s operation and maintenance programs as well as equipment replacements at current or improved levels.”

Right now, the administrative rate for wastewater is $32 a month. Options include no change or a full funding change that would increase the rate to $56.75 by 2024.

A compromise staff is proposing is a multiyear plan that would “meet the town’s needs in the long run,” said Cottonwood City Manager Ron Corbin.

The five-year plan would make the rate by 2024 a couple dollars higher, but the increases wouldn’t be as abrupt. For example, in the five-year plan, the monthly rate for 2018 and 2019 would remain the same. Then it would increase by about $5 by 2020. By 2024, the monthly rate would be $58.85.

Cottonwood City Council holds regular meetings every first and third Tuesday of the month at 6 p.m. at their Chambers Building, located 826 N. Main St. For agendas and minutes, visit http://cottonwoodaz.gov/129/Agendas-Minutes. A livestream of the meetings is also available on the Verde Valley TV YouTube channel.

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PippinJames 6 days, 4 hours ago

No! No! Not again! PLEASE! Don't raise the sewer / water bills again! We chose to live in Cottonwood because it is,/was affordable. This is not Sedona. These rates are hardly affordable now. Let us have septic tanks, if you raise these fees anymore. People with fixed and or low incomes can not make cash appear out of thin air. We are already throwing plenty our money literally down the drain! If rates are to be raised raise them based on high usage wasters, the more you use the higher your rates. Let the average low user continue to be able to thrive in our homes! Pippin James

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