Utility Rate Changes for 2021

Utility Rate Changes for 2021
Posted on 12/17/2020
At the Dec. 14 New Hope City Council Meeting, council approved increases to multiple incremental utility rates for 2021. The total impact of the utility fee increases on an average residential utility customer (who uses 5,000 gallons of water per month) is predicted to be approximately $4.34 per month.

Sanitary sewer rates will increase by 5% in 2021. The minimum fee increased 44¢ to $9.34 (which includes the first 1,000 gallons). The volume rate increased 29¢ for each additional 1,000 gallons.

Water rates will also increase by 5% in 2021. The base fee increased 45¢ to $9.32. New Hope has a graduated water rate scale to encourage conservation. The volume rate per 1,000 gallons for up to 10,000 gallons increased 33¢ to $6.87. Higher volume rates will also increase 5% over 2020 rates.

The storm drainage fee increased by 5%, or 42¢ per residential unit each month, to $8.78. The street light fee also increased by 5%. There is no change in the recycling fee for 2021.

Operation, maintenance and capital improvements to the city’s sanitary sewer, water and storm sewer utility systems are each funded by separate enterprise funds in New Hope’s budget. The revenue for each of those funds comes from the fees charged to the city’s utility customers. The 2021 utility rates take effect on Jan. 1.

Additional information about utility billing can be found on the public works section of the website.