Utility Rate Presentation for the Public

City of Great Falls Montana


DATE: April 5, 2012
CONTACT: Jennifer Reichelt, Deputy City Manager – 455-8417


GREAT FALLS, Montana – The City of Great Falls will be hosting a Utility Rate Presentation for members of the public on Tuesday, April 10, at 6:30 p.m. in the Gibson Room of the Civic Center (2 Park Drive South). This is an opportunity for residents to receive information and ask questions regarding the proposed water and sewer utility rate increases prior to the Public Hearing on April 17.

The City is proposing to raise water and sewer utility service rates, effective May 1, 2012. The increases are necessary to meet bonded debt coverage, keep up with inflation, cover the cost of service and provide for necessary capital improvements.

Residential customers typically have a 1” meter and use 1,250 cubic feet of water per month with a winter average of 650 cubic feet per month on sewer. A typical residential customer would see the following increases:

• A water bill would increase approximately $1.27, from $25.96 to $27.23 per month;
• A sewer bill would increase approximately $1.88, from $18.94 to $20.82 per month;
• A storm drain bill will not increase, remaining at $4.27.

These monthly bills include base service charges of $5.65 for water, $2.16 for fire hydrant, $7.21 for sewer, and $1.32 for storm drain.

The public hearing for Utility Rate Increases will be held on April 17, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center Commission Chambers (2 Park Drive South). For more information regarding the proposed utility rate increases contact Jim Rearden, Public Works Director at 727-8390.