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Pflugerville utility customers to see a 6.1% utility bill increase

Updated: Nov 28

Increase to begin on December 1, 2018
Post Date:11/28/2018 9:00 AM

The City of Pflugerville has worked with NewGen Strategies and Solutions to analyze the City’s utility costs in a Water and Wastewater Cost of Service and Rate Design Study. On November 27, City Council approved a 6.1% water and wastewater bill increase to begin on December 1, 2018. The average residential customer bill will increase by $4.45 per month.

The Finance and Budget (FAB) Committee analyzed the NewGen study results at their November 1, 2018 meeting and unanimously approved a motion to recommend City Council approval of the water and wastewater rates as presented in the rate study to be effective December 1, 2018.

In fall of 2017, the City Council approved an increase to wastewater rates due to the wastewater capital improvement program and have generated expected revenues.

Shown below is the proposed change in an average monthly residential customer bill for fiscal year 2019 showing an approximate increase of $4.45 a month.  This average bill assumes 7,000 gallons of water usage and 5,000 gallons of wastewater usage due to winter averaging. 

Current total water and wastewater bill:  $73.15
Proposed FY 2019 rate:                                   $77.60

The main driver for the wastewater rate increase is the $97 million of proposed wastewater capital improvement projects over the next four years and the future debt issuances to fund them.

NewGen will be working with the City on an annual basis to review the operating expenses of the utility department and the status of the CIP projects and recommend appropriate future rate increases accordingly.