The Marble Falls City Council approved a five-year, master fee schedule during its Tuesday, Dec. 1, meeting that would raise water and wastewater monthly rates each year beginning Jan. 1, 2021, and continuing through 2025.
The ordinance also separated commercial and residential rates as well as established separate rate structures for commercial and residential water users outside of the city limits. The rate increase would average between 5 percent and 7 percent each year through 2025.
A resident today would see a base service charge for wastewater come in at $18.88 and then $4.23 per thousand gallons. In January 2021, that rate would become $21.15 and then $4.74 per thousand gallons.
Likewise, a base service charge for water currently comes in at $25.21 for a ¾-inch meter and then $4.78 per thousand gallons for the first 10,000 gallons. In 2021, that would rise to $25.97 for a ¾-inch meter and then $4.92 per thousand gallons.
Residents outside of the city limits will see a bigger change come Jan. 1 with the minimum charge for a ¾-inch meter at $38.95 and then $7.39 per thousand gallons for the first 10,000 gallons.
Residences outside of the city only make up a small portion of overall customers, roughly 100 in total. Many of those are in the Los Escondidos neighborhood.
“Growth in the city and the 2018 flood and recovery, making sure our facilities are in shape, are the primary drivers behind the (rate) change,” Marble Falls City Manager Mike Hodge said.