The Gardner City Council approved utility rate changes that will adjust customers' monthly charges for electric, water and wastewater. These rate adjustments will be used to address future capacity and improvement needs as Gardner continues to grow. By being proactive and implementing these rate adjustments now, the city can prevent large utility rate spikes from impacting our customers. The following adjustments are as follows:
ELECTRIC - Rate adjustment to occur January 2020
The majority of residential electric customers will see a 2 percent rate reduction on their monthly bill starting in January 2020. Businesses will also experience a rate adjustment based on historical usage and where they fall into the new rate structure of a "small," "medium" or "large" commercial class, which is determined by their energy demand level. Businesses are encouraged to contact the Utility Billing Division at 913.856.7535 to find out their new rate, as it will vary from business to business.
WATER - Rate adjustment to occur January 2020
To prepare for Gardner’s growing population and increased water demand, the city will raise water rates by 3.7 percent in 2020 and each year thereafter through 2030. This increase will help fund several capital improvement projects, including expanding the city’s water treatment capacity and implementing conservation systems. The city experienced a water warning in summer 2018, which required residents to adhere to a nearly eight-week mandatory water restriction schedule. The rate change will help the city take the proper steps to mitigate the chance for future water shortages.
WASTEWATER - Rate adjustment to occur January 2025
Residents can anticipate a 1 percent increase in sewer service, effective January 2025. Money generated from the increase will be used to repair and replace aging infrastructure and prepare for future development.
WHAT IS THE OVERALL IMPACT OF ALL THESE CHANGES TO MY TOTAL BILL?
As presented at the January 22, 2019 City Council meeting, the electric rate decrease mitigates the impact of the water rate increase. Below is the estimated overall impact to residents’ monthly bill for all utilities:
HOW DO GARDNER'S WATER AND WASTEWATER RATES COMPARE TO OTHER CITIES?
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