New Utility Rates in Effect
St. Petersburg, FL (Oct. 3, 2022) – Utility rates and charges are evaluated on a yearly basis and are updated annually per City Council adoption. Between July and September 2022, St. Petersburg City Council considered adjustments to water, wastewater, reclaimed water, stormwater, and sanitation utility rates and charges for Fiscal Year 2023, which began on Oct. 1, 2022. Final adoption was voted on at a Public Hearing on September 8, 2022.
Utility fees support the continued efforts to increase the capacity and reliability of St. Pete’s water resources, sanitation, and stormwater utilities. Fees also support the operations, maintenance, and infrastructure of those utilities. Utility fees are vitally important in supporting St. Pete’s aging infrastructure, most of which has reached or exceeded its design lifespan. The City is currently working on existing projects within St. Pete’s Water Plan, a multi-year capital improvements master plan, and continues to work on other master plans to make improvements and plan for the future to ensure safe, reliable service.
To maintain and preserve our infrastructure, continued investment is required. Utility fees will continue to be evaluated every year to support the continued investment in these capital infrastructure projects, as well as overall operations and maintenance to ensure safe, reliable service.
Of utmost importance to the City of St. Petersburg is affordability and assistance for utility customers. Extended payment arrangements are available for customers that are having trouble paying their utility bill, allowing customers to pay their current monthly bill along with a series of 6 monthly installments on their outstanding balance. Customers are encouraged to make payment arrangements by calling the Utility Customer Service Call Center at 727-893-7341 or emailing Utility.Bill@stpete.org as soon as possible to avoid associated fees or termination of service. The Utility Customer Service Call Center is open 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Additional assistance resources can be found at 211tampabay.org or by calling 211.
Conserving water use is a great way for utility customers to save money on their utility bill. Programs, rebates and resources can be found at stpete.org/WaterConservation.
More information can be found at stpete.org/rates. Questions can be directed to 727-893-7280.