Proposed Utility Rate Changes for Fiscal Year 2022-23 (effective July 1, 2022)
The City of Chandler manages and operates Water, Wastewater, Reclaimed Water, and Solid Waste utilities, and is projecting needed Utility Rate increases to fund rising ongoing operating costs as well as debt service costs associated with capital improvements.
Operating costs such as chemicals and electricity that are essential to the processes of providing safe drinking water and treating wastewater continue to increase, and we have also seen increases in our contract costs for solid waste and recycling collection.
Debt service costs also are anticipated to increase related to Water and Wastewater facility improvement projects focused on aging infrastructure such as main replacements, well construction and rehabilitation, and sewer assessments and rehabilitation.
These water and wastewater rate adjustments incorporate the results of a recent Cost of Service Study. A Cost of Service Study analyzes the actual demand and impact each customer class has on the utility system, and then allocates the costs of providing these services to each classification based on their unique impacts. This process identified some necessary shifts in the rate structure to make sure each customer class is paying their fair share for the services provided to them. These adjustments will impact single-family, multi-family, non-residential, landscape, and industrial customer classes for water; and single-family, multi-family, and non-residential customer classes for wastewater. Additional details about these impacts are listed below.
The reclaimed water and solid waste rate and fee changes that were approved are based on revenue requirements to meet the increasing costs associated with these services.
- Fee changes for the Recycling Solid Waste Collection Center (RSWCC) allow for costs associated with the facility to be offset by additional user fees paid by those that use the facility.
- In an effort to recoup the additional costs incurred by the solid waste fund for customers who receive alley collection services instead of curbside collection the rates these residents pay has also increased.
Changes to the current bulk pick-up policy dealing with the number of free pick-ups a resident can schedule each year have also changed to two free pickups per calendar year.
Two no-cost visits to the RSWCC per year will be allowed for the first 400 pounds of a load, any weight above 400 pounds will be charged at $50 per ton for the overage. Additional visits will be $10 per visit for the first 400 pounds, and then $50/ton if over 400 pounds. Dropping off only recyclable materials will remain cost-free.
Curbside bulk collection scheduling will be available for up to 2 free collections per year with additional bulk collections costing $30.
Those with alleyway collection instead of curbside collection will be charged for the additional contract costs associated with the service of $1.61 per residence per month.
These process and fee changes allow for a reduction in the planned rate increase needed for Solid Waste from 6% to 3.4%.
Below are the presentations used during the Council work sessions to discuss the revenue requirements and Cost of Service adjustments needed. The decisions moving forward out of these meetings include:
- Gathering feedback from residents and businesses on the proposed Water rates allowing for 100% alignment with the results of the Cost of Service Study.
- Gathering feedback from residents and businesses on the proposed Wastewater rates allowing for 75% alignment with the results of the Cost of Service Study.
- Gathering feedback from residents and businesses on the proposed Reclaimed Water rates.
- Gathering feedback from residents and businesses on the proposed Solid Waste rate increase needed, as well as policy changes to services provided.
- Gathering any additional feedback or questions from residents and businesses as they may offer.
Below are the presentations used during our public outreach meetings:
Public Meeting: Residential, Multi-Family, Landscape, Reclaimed
Public Meeting: Residential Alley
Public Meeting: Non-Residential
When was the last utility rate increase?
Please see the History of Utility Rate Changes below.
Why do we need a utility rate increase?
The City of Chandler Council has reviewed the fiscal health of our water, wastewater and solid waste utilities and determined that rate adjustments are needed to keep the funds balanced with expenses over the next few years.
A financially strong and stable utility is necessary in order to maintain the existing critical infrastructure and services our customers rely on. As infrastructure ages, it needs to be maintained and sometimes, replaced.
- There are planned improvements to the water treatment production plant as well as the water reclamation facility and advanced wastewater treatment processes.
- An additional focus on aging infrastructure and replacements such as Main replacement, well construction and rehabilitation and sewer assessments and rehabilitations.
- Water, Wastewater and Reclaimed utility construction costs for capital improvement projects have been steadily increasing. These replacement and maintenance costs are paid for through utility rates.
Solid waste services utility has seen additional contract costs associated with our collection contract. In addition to contract cost changes:
- The recycling industry is volatile. Chandler used to collect revenue from recycling but it is now a net cost to recycle.
- We have seen increased costs for disposing and transporting of waste at landfills and increased costs for operating equipment and containers.
The new rates better reflect today’s cost of service to deliver safe and reliable water, process wastewater and provide solid waste and recycling services to our customers.
How much is my single-family residential bill expected to change?
Please see the Average Bill Change examples above.
How does Chandler compare to other Valley cities for utility costs?
While the presentation section above has a variety of comparison tables to other Cities depending on the customer type, our most common customer type is residential and that comparison is provided below based on an average 12,000 gallon usage on a 5/8” meter. For other classifications please check under the presentations tab.
Can I minimize the impacts of a rate increase by using less water?
Yes, the fewer gallons of water used, the lower your utility bill will be. Learn more about water conservation.