|11/26/2021 2:45:00 PM|
Sewer rates up
Customers of municipal sewer in the greater Chisago Lakes Area will see rates charged to their cities increase by three percent starting in 2022, and this will surely be passed on to the residents in sewer and water statements. Chisago Lakes Joint Sewage Treatment Commission members voted unanimously to adopt next year’s recommended budget and all of its future assumptions at their November CLJSTC meeting.
The rate adjustment amounts to an additional $3.06 per 1,000 gallons billed.
Audit Manager Tyler See presented the Abdo Eick and Meyers rate study prior to the vote. He said even though the commission’s budget would be decreasing in 2022, the group would need the rate hike. This leaves the commission “above cash revenue (needs) throughout the life of the study,” See stated.
The commission heard that when some current borrowing is paid-off in 2024, it should expect to see a dip of $150,000 in the line item for needed revenues to cover debt in 2025.
CLJSTC provides wastewater collection, treatment and effluent discharge services for Stacy, Wyoming, Chisago City, Lindstrom, Center City, the county government center and jail and the area around Hazelden known as the South Center Sanitary District.
Budget expenses are apportioned based on capacity each member holds in the system— so the larger members pay more into operations, etc. than smaller members. Larger members have two votes and smaller population areas get one representative on the Commission.
Wyoming’s Linda Nanko Yeager commented she is “not thrilled” with being asked to support a rate hike, adding her constituents are “strapped.”
Chisago City Administrator John Pechman reminded everyone that in earlier commission budget planning, the rate hike was projected to become seven cents more than what was being considered, meaning $3.13 by 2022.
With a positive comment, Veolia’s Plant Manager Zach Meyer told the CLJSTC that the energy credit for projects already done to upgrade systems is anticipated to be $30,000. It could arrive in March 2022 once the energy company rebates program for closes its books.
In other business, a request to connect a new address on Stacy Trail was approved.