Last night, the Camas City Council approved a professional service contract for a study of the municipality’s water, sewer, storm water and solid waste utility rates.
The $85,330 contract with Financial Consulting Solutions Group, Inc., based in Redmond, Wash., includes a scope of work that covers data collection, an analysis of revenue requirements and rate design for all four utilities, and a cost of service study for water and sewer utilities. The effort will also include an analysis of alternative options for the sanitation utility service.
According to the contract, the study will be completed by the end of the year.
The last time Camas implemented increases to its utility rate schedule was in 2009, when the City Council approved changes to its water, sewer, storm water and sanitation rates. The series of increases began in January 2010, and have continued annually on an incremental basis through this year.
Those rate changes were based on a 2008 study, which was also conducted by FCS Group, Inc.