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Marion Utility Rate Increases Expected in July

Post Date:06/03/2020 5:03 PM

Marion City Council is considering multiple rate increases for utility customers, to help offset increased expenses associated with garbage and recycling collection, wastewater treatment, urban forestry and improvements to water main infrastructure.

Solid Waste Fees:
Base monthly solid waste fees are expected to increase from $15.50 per month to $17.50 per month. The fee increases are based on the need to offset the increased operating costs associated with solid waste and recycling collections. The third reading of the ordinance is expected at the June 18 City Council meeting.

Sanitary Sewer Fees:
Base sanitary sewer fees are expected to increase from $3.80 to $4.10 per domestic flow unit to offset increased wastewater treatment fees incurred by the City. The third reading of the ordinance is expected at the June 18 City Council meeting.

A sanitary sewer connection fee of $2,000 for new single-family construction is also proposed to offset the costs associated with new treatment capacity charges and to be consistent with the rate structures in the metro area. 

Urban Forestry:
An increase of $0.75 is proposed for the Urban Forest Utility, bringing the monthly fee to $3 on July 1. The fund supports the care and maintenance of trees in the City right-of-way, parks and green spaces. It was last increased five years ago.

Water Rates:
The Marion Water Board is contemplating a 7.5% rate increase for both residential and commercial customers. This equates to an increase of about $1.89 per month for residential customers depending on the amount of water consumed. The increased revenue will help cover the cost of an iron removal plant as well as the replacement of old water mains throughout the city. A public hearing will occur during the June 9, 2020, Water Board meeting.

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