City Council Considers Proposed Utility Rate Increases During August Meetings
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (July 26, 2018) – St. Petersburg City Council will consider proposed increases to water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater, and sanitation utility rates next Thursday, August 2, at 8:30 a.m. and during a public hearing August 23 at 6 p.m. Both meetings will be held in City Hall Council Chamber, 175 5th St. N. Citizens may view the proposed rate adjustments following the August 2 meeting at www.stpete.org/utility.
If approved, utility rate increases would take effect on October 1, 2018. Customers could see adjustments to monthly sanitation and stormwater fees on their October bills; rate increases for water, wastewater and reclaimed water would appear on their November bills.
Single-family residential utility customers are currently charged a flat rate per parcel for stormwater services. On April 1, 2019, the city plans to move from the one-size-fits-all flat rate residential stormwater billing system to a more equitable tiered rate system based on the square footage of a property’s impervious surfaces. Once the tiered rate system goes into effect, single-family residential utility customers will see either an increase or decrease to their monthly stormwater charges, depending on their property’s impervious surface assessment. Many cities across the U.S. already use the tiered rate billing system, which provides residential customers with a more equitable distribution of stormwater charges.
For additional information on the proposed rate increases or the stormwater tiered rate system, contact the Public Works Services Manager at 727-893-7297.