Richardson October 2020

UTILITIES Water district keeps rates at for rst time inmore than a decade

BY OLIVIA LUECKEMEYER

summer that the water district did not intend to raise its wholesale rate in FY 2020-21, Director of Communica- tions Greg Sowell said. This allowed Richardson to adopt a budget that did not include an increase for residents for the rst time since FY 2010-11. NTMWD Interim Executive Director Rodney Rhoades cited the COVID-19 crisis as the reason behind keeping the rate at. Rather than relying on revenue frommember cities, the district is opting to use reserves and debt to fund capital projects and is also cutting costs related to existing facilities, according to the release. It will reschedule bond sales for some capital projects and has scaled back on hiring. “I appreciate how hard our sta worked to adjust plans, projects and programs to decrease spending and minimize impacts on our cities,” Rhoades said in the release.

For the rst time in nearly 15 years, the North Texas Municipal Water District has adopted a budget that includes no increase to its wholesale water rate. The scal year 2020-21 budget keeps the rate at at $2.99 per 1,000 gallons of treated water for its member cities, which include Richardson, according to a Sept. 25 news release. The district raises water and sewer rates primarily to pay for capital investments, NTMWD spokesperson Janet Rummel said. In previous years, Richardson has passed those rate increases onto resi- dents. In FY 2019-20, the city imple- mented a 7.5% rate increase, resulting in an additional $7.90 being tacked onto the average residential monthly bill, according to previous reporting by Community Impact Newspaper . City ocials were notied this

RICHARDSONWATER RATES Residents pay for water based on usage. Volume charges (per 1,000 gallons) Monthly minimum charges: $8 per meter

$6.61 $7.16 $7.46 $8.69 $9.08

0-11,000 gallons 11,001-20,000 gallons 20,001-40,000 gallons 40,001-60,000 gallons 60,001 gallons and more

SOURCE: CITY OF RICHARDSONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Richardson’s water rate will stay at this year after 10 years of steady increases. (Olivia Lueckemeyer/Community Impact Newspaper)

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