Residents will see a slight adjustment in their water and sewer rates beginning with the January 2018 utility bill, which will hit mailboxes in February.
An internal rate study is prepared annually by City staff and presented to the City Council for consideration. The focus of the study is to identify areas of concern, determine whether the fund balances are adequate and to make a recommendation regarding current rates.
The Spring Hill Water District — which includes about 2/3 of all households in Spring Hill — water rate will increase 23 cents to $8.34 per 1,000 gallons. The monthly service charge will also increase from $12.28 from $12.62.
The sewer rate will also increase from $16.14 from $16.59 for the first 2,000 gallons and from $8.22 to $8.45 for each additional 1,000 gallons for a total increase of 68 cents. The service charge will remain at $5.
The most recent sewer rate increase occurred in January 2015 with a decreased service charge in January 2017. The last increase for water was in January 2017.
Rate changes were approved at the Aug. 24 City Council meeting.