Norwalk water, sewer rates to increase

Residents will see changes on February bills.
Scott Seitz2
Jan 17, 2013

Water and sewer rates are going up in Norwalk.

City of Norwalk water and sewer bills received in February for January consumption will reflect an increase in rates and usage more than the 1,000-gallon minimum charge will be billed in hundreds of gallons rather than thousands of gallons.

The water rate for usage more than 1,000 gallons within Norwalk city limits will increase from $.60 per hundred gallons to $.72 per hundred gallons and the sewer rate will increase from $.70 per hundred gallons to $.74 per hundred gallons.

Those located outside Norwalk city limits that receive water and sewer services from the city of Norwalk will see an increase for water for usage more than 1,000 gallons from $1.20 per hundred gallons to $1.44 per hundred gallons and the sewer rate will increase from $.98 per hundred gallons to $1.04 per hundred gallons.

The monthly rate for usage for 1,000 gallons or less which is the minimum rate, will increase from $1.60 for water to $3.60 and from $1.95 for sewer to $3.70 for a combined charge of $7.30, for those located within Norwalk city limits.

The minimum rate for those located outside Norwalk city limits that receive water and sewer services from the city of Norwalk will increase from $3.20 to $7.20 for water and from $1.95 to $5.20 for sewer for a combined charge of $12.40.

Storm water rates will increase from $1.30 per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit) to $1.35 per ERU for bills received in February 2013.

Water and sewer rates are determined annually by a review of increases and decreases in the budget for the water and sewer facilities as well as determining the average consumption over the past three year period.

Storm water fees are determined annually by a review of increases and decreases in the budget for storm water purposes along with a review of the total equivalent residential units in the city.

 

Comments

TOPGUN01

VOTE NO!!!ON THE NEW TAX LEVEY COMMING UP!!WE HAVE A VOICE IN THE SCHOOL LEVY!!VOTE NO!!THANKS FOR NOTHING MAYOR DUNCAN!!

Contango

Ooooh…poor timing City Admin.

Are you trying to kill the passage of Mr. Doughty’s levy?

Unfortunately, taxes and fees need to rise or the scope and quality of publicly provided benefits and services will decline.

TANSTAAFL - There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

onegirlarmy

nice!!

KnuckleDragger

Apparently, they think everybody got a huge raise this year. If they keep going they'll be nearly as expensive a Northern Ohio Rural Water, which is highway robbery.

arnmcrmn

You people from Norwalk have to learn how to not cry so much. My normal water bill from Northern Ohio Rural Water is 33.00 and that is the minimum rate. Id much rather have your 7.30 per month for sewer and water.

Contango

@ arnmcrmn:

I agree. Comparatively speaking the pricing is very reasonable. I question the timing in lieu of the upcoming school levy.

Seniors and those on public “entitlements” tend to live on fixed incomes.

arnmcrmn

In this day and age, the timing is never good...ever. Someone will always have a reason why it wasn't good timing on their watch. Maybe Norwalk should just do away with it all, free their hands of it and sell it all to another company. Then you would see the real crying when rates would quadruple.

Contango

@ arnmcrmn:

I understand. But this will be the third pitch for the school levy.

If the Admin. wanted to sabotage it, this is a good approach.

I'm a proponent of privatization. But the money garnered would be used to offset other "hidden" costs.

For example: The old muni power plant was antiquated, unreliable and a money loser and eventually eliminated.

arnmcrmn

I was purely talking about the water and sewer rates. With the way the voting has been going, I doubt their school levy passes.

Contango

@ arnmcrmn:

I understood your point and agree that passage will be difficult.

IMO, these rate increases are just potentially something tangible that can be used to justify a vote against.

By their timing, this Admin. did the school system "no favors," and is increasingly looking incompetent.

Uputwhatwhere7

Maybe they should consider lowering city taxes to offset. Those are outrageous as it is. I know, businesses are leaving, people are laid off left and right but we are going to raise the rates and taxes on everyone in the city. Awesome. Time to move.

OHIOHOOSIER76

While the new rates are still lower than others in our area, that is still quite a large increase to happen all at once considering the timing. Norwalk City Admin wouldn't be reading such comments if there was a step up with the fees rather than throwing the increase in all at once.

As for the school levy, I am still leaning towards NO. No offense to the teachers and administrators of the Norwalk City Schools, but virtually every business and every person in the United States has had to learn how to do more with less. It is time for the schools to do the same. IMHO, Norwalk City Schools student fees are VERY LOW in comparison to others across the country. Rather than hitting every home owner in the district for funds, an increase of student fees can help offset some of the spending disaster than NCS has found themselves in. I am not referring simply to add to the Pay to Play fees, but regular student fees ($15 is low) that we pay at the beginning of a school year.

Brock Lee

doent worrie obama will help us with his free money tree

luvmybabies4

Fantastic!! As if times aren't hard enough!

inquiringmind

Yes, the rates are going up. What I don't understand is why people don't get upset and blog about the cost of cigarettes, beer, cell phones, cable, etc. The price of these have all gone up, but if you want it you pay the price. Groceries are out of sight, but people still buy them. I would rather pay for water than something I don't need.

KURTje

1 of the many benefits of not living in the city.