At an announced public meeting held on January 30, 2018, the City of St. Robert presented a utility rate study to a small audience of St. Robert residents and business owners.
The last natural gas increase was in 2005, last electric rate increase was in 2010, and last water and sew- er increase in 2016.
In the proposed increase each utility would be increased by:
Natural gas 9%
How will this affect your bill?
In a sample bill provided by the City of St. Robert the increase for customers without natural gas would look like this:
Electric current: $271.76, 5%
increase $12.83, new rate:
Water current: $17.50, 5% increase $0.87, new rate: $18.37
Sewer current: $27.74, 5% increase $1.39, new rate: $29.13
Trash current: $12.25, 8% increase $1.00, new rate: $13.25
Total current bill: $329.24, new bill: $345.33
For natural gas customers:
Electric current: $161.48, 5% increase $7.31, new rate: $168.79
Natural gas current: $67.69, 9% increase $6.10, new rate: $73.79
Water current: $15.06, 5% increase $0.75, new rate: $15.81
Sewer current: $25.33, 5% increase $1.27, new rate $26.60
Trash current $12.25, 8% increase $1.00, new rate: $13.25
Total current bill: $281.81 New bill: $298.24
If the rates aren't raised, Mayor George Lauritson said improvements on new and continuing infrastructure improvement projects would suffer.
Current City of St. Robert utility projects:
Replacement of electric poles
Upgrading electric lines
State mandated infiltration and inflow standards
Construction of a new 1 million gallon water tower
Water line connection with Fort Leonard Wood
Replacement of Treatment Plant due to flooding issues
The rate proposal will go before the Board of Aldermen before it is finalized.
Please call Mayor George Lauritson or Anita Ivey, Interim City Administrator at (573) 451-2000, extension 1112 or 1114.