In conjunction with the adoption of the 2021/22 budget, the Village Board approved Water and Sewer rates to be charged by the Village effective September 1, 2021. Billings created after September 1, 2021 reflect this new rate structure.
In approving these rates, the stated goal of the Village is to generate adequate revenues to fully fund the operations of the Water and Sewer utility system, as well as provide for current and future capital needs. At the same time, the Village remains mindful of this rate structure. It is the Village’s sincere desire to maintain rates at a reasonable level and in line with our neighboring communities.
Due to IEPA regulations that pertain to phosphorus removal and discharge, needed upgrades to the Fox River Water Reclamation District (FRWRD) facilities are currently being undertaken. As a contract user of FRWRD's waste treatment facilities, the Village’s portion of these upgrades will be in excess of $3M and our annual debt service requirements to pay for them will be $426,000. As a result, we are adding a separate line item on the water/sewer bills which identifies the additional debt service cost for the upcoming year. Depending on your water usage, this additional fee will range from $6.09 to $8.06 per bill.
Based on the new rate structure and a 2% increase for operating expenditures, the “average” bi-monthly bill, assuming utilization of 10,000 gallons, will increase from $120.49 to $133.49, an increase of 10.8%. In comparing our rates to our neighboring communities, we will still be second from the lowest, as is exhibited below:
Municipality. . . . . Cost of 10,000 Gallons Usage
Elgin . . . . . . . . . . . . . $255.67
Sleepy Hollow. . . . . . $222.33
East Dundee. . . . . . . $164.67
Algonquin. . . . . . . . . $153.50
West Dundee. . . . . . .$133.49
Carpentersville. . . . . .$123.83
As a reminder, no property tax dollars are used to fund the utility system; It is an “enterprise” fund, meaning that all revenues to pay for these services are received from user fees.
Should you have questions regarding this new fee structure, please feel free to contact the Village’s Finance Department at 847-551-3800.