Coming soon: user fee adjustments for Wichita water and sewer services

April 16, 2019 - 1:09 pm

During Tuesday’s Wichita City Council meeting, the group approved adjustments in user fees for water and sewer services.

User fee revenue is supposed to cover services that benefit individual customers, such as trip charges associated with water shutoffs.

A cost analysis found that under the current fee structure, the amount of money in undercharged fees totals approximately $1.6 million.  That difference is presently being covered by rate revenues.

Mayor Jeff Longwell stressed the importance in keeping up with how much it costs to supply services.

"I hope that we don't push this off onto some future council 50 years from now and we look at it on a regular basis," the Mayor said.

The current and future revisions will help recover the lost revenue.  Most of the new fees will start July 1.

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