Water Rates and Billing Changes

February 16, 2024


NEW WATER RATES ESTABLISHED FOR BALDWIN CITY CUSTOMERS

Due to increases received from our water supplier, beginning with January 1, 2024 usage, the cost per 1,000 gallons of consumption has changed for all retail water consumers from $14.07/1,000 gallons to $16.18/1,000 gallons, up $2.11. Per the ordinance passed January 16th, water rates will be adjusted again according to the annual Municipal Cost Index on January 1, 2025.

NEW BILLING LINES ADDED TO PROVIDE MORE TRANSPARENCY

This format change does not change the overall amount paid for the utility. That change is set out in a separate ordinance. Through January of 2024, your utility bill showed a “Water” line, a water franchise fee, and a water fee. Beginning with the February 2024 bills, the Water line is broken into two parts for increased transparency: A Water line that is only based on your usage (now $16.18/1,000 gallons), and a “Water Meter Debt Payment” line that was formerly included in the “Water” line. This is a cost per meter calculated based on the monthly finance payments for capital improvement projects specifically for the water utility department. In 2024, the Water Meter Debt Payment fee is $14.68/meter. Similar billing format changes will be forthcoming for Waste Water and Electric.