City Council approved 2020 utility rate increases to help fund the Public Works expansion project, future anticipated repairs to the city’s aging water and sewer infrastructure, and to upgrade commercial and residential water meters to improve meter-reading efficiency.
Residential and commercial water rates increase in 2020 by 5 cents per thousand gallons. This increases the base water rate from $1.35 to $1.40 per thousand gallons. The commercial and homeowner association (HOA) irrigation rate increases from $2.74 to $2.95 per thousand gallons. The 2020 increase reflects the fourth step of a five-step increase plan approved by City Council in 2016. This change generates an additional $75,000 in revenue, which will be used to support a multi-year water efficiency incentive program for commercial properties and HOAs with irrigation meters.
The water quality monitoring fee passed along from the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is increasing 84 cents per quarter in 2020. The fee funds MDH’s regulatory and technical assistance services for public drinking water systems.
The city’s portion of the sanitary sewer rate increases in 2020 from $27.04 to $28.12. The storm water rate for single-family homes/duplexes/twin homes will increase from $19.30 to $19.88 per quarter.
The sanitary sewer charges passed along from Metropolitan Council Environmental Services (MCES) are increasing 3.4 percent in 2020 reflecting Woodbury’s increased use of the regional sanitary sewer system and MCES rate increases.