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Council to consider utility rates

Residents could see an increase in their utility bills in 2019. The City Council will consider a proposed nine percent increase in water rates, a four percent increase in wastewater collection (sewer) rates and a five percent increase in storm drainage rates in December. These increases would help fund operating costs, the repair and replacement of aging water infrastructure and systems, and would ensure continued compliance with state and federal regulations. Improvements are necessary to continue delivering water and sewer services in a safe and efficient manner to protect public health. 

The City aims to continue providing utilities at rates among the lowest in the metro area, see graph at right. Bloomington has lower rates for softened water and wastewater collection than several neighboring communities, including some that don’t provide softened water. 

Council will also consider an increase of less than $5 annually per household for the Curbside Cleanup program. This would maintain the existing program and accommodate rising disposal costs per ton of waste. If the increase is approved, the total annual cost of Curbside Cleanup will be about $48.24 per household—less than paying $51 to remove one large item with the bulk pickup program.   

There will be a public hearing on the proposed rate changes on November 19, 7 p.m., in the Council Chambers at Civic Plaza, 1800 West Old Shakopee Road.