A consultant study recently recommended that Camas consider raising its utility rates during the next five years to help fund items including future capital improvement obligations, and investment in maintaining the current system.
Angie Sanchez Virnoche and Sergey Tarasov, of the consultant company FCS Group, provided the Camas City Council with the results of the recent study of water, sewer, storm water and sanitation utility rates.
The analysis assumed a half-percent of customer growth for water and sewer services, and 1 percent customer growth for storm water and sanitation services. Also built into the rate increases were operating and capital reserves for each fund. The goal of the study was to develop a rate system that would be self-supporting to the utilities.
Proposed increases for the next five years beginning in 2014 are 5 percent each year for water rates; 3 percent each year for sewer rates; 4.75 percent each year for storm rates; and for sanitation rates 2.75 percent increases in 2014 and 2015, and 2.5 percent increases for the following three years.
According to the study, a bi-montly residential bill with all four rate increases combined would bump up a typical customers’ payment from the current $192.77 to $229.70 by 2018.