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4 Dec. 18 - Jan. 7, 2011 by Alison Stanton


It’s no April Fool’s joke: water and sewer prices will likely increase April 1.


On Nov. 30, four options were presented to the City Council and were discussed at a community meeting. On Jan. 27 there will be a public hearing on the topic at the Chandler City Council meeting. Craig Younger, public information


offi cer for Chandler, says the four water options being considered are: to increase the seasonal water rates every year, with an 8 percent increase in 2011; a seasonal water rate increase every other year, with an 11.5 percent increase in 2011; to increase the higher summer rates every other year, with a 7 percent


Community City proposes water, sewer increase


of 12,000 gallons, the fi rst option would increase rates from $26.83 to $28.98; option two would bring the bill to $29.92; option three would result in a bill of $28.88 and option four would raise the rate to $28.10. Wastewater scenarios, Younger says, include an 11 percent increase every year and an 18 percent increase every other year. The fi rst option would raise rates from $19.97 to $22.17; the second option would increase the bill to $23.56.


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WATER RATES UP: Aging City of Chandler water treatment systems need upgrades and maintenance, so the Council will vote on whether to raise water and sewer prices early next year.


increase in 2011; or to go to the higher summer rate all year and increase rates every April, with a 4.1 percent rise in 2011.


Based on an average monthly residential water use


According to Younger, the proposed hike in rates is necessary for several reasons.


“For many years, impact fees have helped Chandler’s rapid growth pay for itself. However, water and


wastewater impact fees have declined as much as 70 percent in recent years,” he says. “In addition, as systems age they need regular maintenance and upgrades. This includes main replacements, well rehabilitation and


Chandler nonprofits invited to apply for funding


Nonprofi t agencies serving Chandler residents are welcome to apply for a share of more than $1 million in funding between Jan. 1 and 31, 2011, allocated by the City of Chandler’s Community Development Division working with Chandler’s Housing and Human Services Commission.


Technical assistance training on how to use the online application process, eC-Impact, will be provided to interested agencies at 9 a.m. Thu., Jan. 6, at the offi ces of Chandler’s Neighborhood Resources Division, located at 235 S. Arizona Ave. in Chandler. Youth programs, foreclosure prevention, emergency


home repair, legal services and homeless and food programs are some of the services that have been funded in previous years.


For more information, contact Jeanne Bosarge at 480-782-4358 or at Jeanne.Bosarge@chandleraz.gov.


construction and facility improvements. Debt service, which repays the borrowed money used to fund these and other capital projects, is driving the rate increase this year. Chandler also needs to increase its water and wastewater service delivery capacity in the coming years, and we must begin setting aside funds for those anticipated projects.”


Younger also emphasizes that it’s been some time since Chandler has raised its water or wastewater rates.


“From 1994 to 2006 Chandler did not increase water or wastewater rates. Rates were increased in October 2007 and 2009,” he says. “Even with the increases in 2007 and 2009, Chandler water and wastewater rates remain among the lowest in the Valley. Whichever option is chosen, rates will still be among the lowest in the Valley.”


For details, visit www.chandleraz.gov/utilitybill.


Alison Stanton is a freelance writer who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached at Alison@SanTanSun.com


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