It is worthy to note that the Authority has realized only eleven sewer rate increases during the past 46 years, the last one being in 2013 which shows an average of 5.15% increase per year since the Authority started treating sewage on June 1, 1970.
June 1, 1970 $ 9.58/Month or $114.96/Year
January 1, 1974 $12.25/Month or $147.00/Year $2.67/Mo. Increase
February 1, 1984 $13.35/Month or $160.20/Year $1.10/Mo. Increase
February 1, 1989 $14.45/Month or $173.40/Year $1.10/Mo. Increase
February 1, 1994 $15.95/Month or $191.40/Year $1.50/Mo. Increase
February 1, 2001 $18.95/Month or $227.40/Year $3.00/Mo. Increase
January 1, 2003 $21.27/Month or $255.24/Year $2.32/Mo. Increase
January 1, 2005 $24.27/Month or $291.24/Year $3.00/Mo. Increase
January 1, 2007 $26.27/Month or $315.24/Year $2.00/Mo. Increase
January 1, 2008 $28.27/Month or $339.24/Year $2.00/Mo. Increase
January 1, 2012 $29.27/Month or $351.24/year $1.00/Mo. Increase
April 1, 2013 $32.27/Month or $387.24/year $3.00/Mo. Increase
January 1, 2017 $32.27/Month or $387.24/year NO INCREASE
As can be seen from examination of the above, there has been no rate increase since April 1, 2013.
Through the construction of state-of-the-art sludge digestion and gas utilization facilities, the Authority has taken the necessary steps to reduce energy costs as well as sludge disposal costs. Other system improvement programs have also eliminated needless operating and maintenance costs. In addition, the Authority's actions in completing a refinancing of its outstanding bond issues further reduced annual expenses to be incurred in future years.