Utility Rates Study 2016-2017

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The City of Hastings has completed a study of its rate structures and fees for municipal utilities (water, sanitary sewer, and stormwater).  The City last performed an in-depth study of these rates and fees in the mid-1990’s, and with changes in usage patterns, development, and infrastructure construction market forces, the City determined that it was appropriate to take up another detailed examination in 2016. In performing this study, the City’s goal was to ensure any new rate structure provided financial stability and sustainability for funding ongoing maintenance and upkeep costs for its municipal utility systems, as well as for long term replacement costs and expansions of the utility systems to accommodate growth. 

Summaries and notes from several City Council Finance Committee and Workshop meetings, as well as reference documents presented at the meetings, can be found below.

Status Update
The City Council approved the recommendations cited in the Utility Rate Study Final Report presented by Ehlers, Inc. during their regular meeting on May 15, 2017.  New rates will go into effect in July, 2017.

Special Newsletter - Summary of Utility Rate Study (mailed early June) 

Final Recommendation to City Council & Adoption - May 15, 2017
Presentation of Final Report (Ehlers, Inc.)
Staff Memo & Ordinance Amendment
Final Report (Ehlers, Inc.)

Finance Committee Meeting - March 29, 2017
Meeting Recap (no new handouts)

City Council Workshop – February 16, 2017
Meeting Presentation
Meeting Handouts
Meeting Summary

Finance Committee Meeting – October 24, 2016
Meeting Notes & Reference Documents

Finance Committee Meeting – July 26, 2016
Meeting Notes & Reference Documents