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Sanitary sewer rates to see slight increase in 2019

Post Date:01/18/2019 8:39 am

As of Jan. 1, sanitary sewer utility rates have changed. Property owners will see these changes on their monthly utility bill from Shakopee Public Utilities. 

Residential property owners will see a small increase in their bills. For the average home utilizing 6,000 gallons of water per month, the increase will amount to $1.42 per month.

An extensive rate analysis, completed in 2017, indicated the city’s previous rates were not meeting operating and capital costs. The city’s sanitary sewer fund has been subsidizing the difference for several years. At that time, the City Council approved a multi-year rate restructure plan to ensure sanitary sewer revenues match expenses. The rate restructuring separated rates to more accurately match the city and Metropolitan Council Environmental Services' (MCES) operating and capital expenses and reflect where your money goes. 

MCES manages the region’s wastewater treatment system. For example, the Blue Lake Waste Water Treatment Facility, located in east Shakopee, is a MCES facility. It treats all of Shakopee’s sanitary sewer discharge. Its surcharge to the city accounts for 75 percent of our sewer operational costs.  

 Sanitary Sewer Rate, per billing cycle  2018 2019 
 Flat rate per billing cycle   $2.75 $2.75 
 City rate per 1,000 gallons  $.80 $.85 
 Metropolitan Council rate per $1,000 gallons  $2.45 $2.63 
 Flat fee for unmetered residential, per billing cycle  $25 $25 

We encourage all property owners to review the sanitary sewer charge on their monthly bill and contact Finance Director Darin Nelson at 952-233-9326 or with questions.

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