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Utility Billing Icon 75pxNew Utility Rates Effective October 1, 2017 Questions and Answers

What utility charges are affected?

Effective October 1, 2015, a 5.00% rate increase will be applied to:

  • Fixed charges for water and wastewater

  • Water and wastewater commodity charges

 

Effective October 1, 2015, a 46.34% rate increase will be applied to:

 

  • Stormwater fees for Residential lots (3 or less units), Non-residential lots and Unimproved land 

 

 

What are the new Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rates?

View our 2017-2018 Rate Schedule pdf

 

Why were the charges increased?
A recent comprehensive update to the City’s 2009 Water & Sewer Utility Rate Study revealed that a rate increase is required to ensure adequate revenue is available to offset continued increases in key operating cost components, such as electricity, fuel, and treatment chemicals. In addition, revenue is needed to support the funding of all of the Utility’s operational requirements and maintenance expenses, transfers, equipment, capital improvements, and debt service costs.

 

When was the utility rate increase approved?
The utility rate increase was approved by the City Commission at the September 3 and September 16, 2014 public meetings.

 

When will the new rates take effect?
The new rates will go into effect October 1, 2014.

 

How much can I expect my bill to increase?
Effect of Adopted Increase on Average Customer

                Based on 5,000 gallons/month   

 

5/8” Meter

Old Rate

New Rate

Increase

Water Charge

$19.39

$20.36

$0.97

Sewer Charge

$32.49

$34.12

$1.63

Total

$51.88

$54.48

$2.60

 

 

Effect of Adopted Stormwater Increase by land use type:

 

 

 

OLD RATE

NEW RATE

INCREASE

CATEGORY I – RESIDENTIAL LOTS/PARCELS (3 OR LESS UNITS)

$3.90/UNIT

$4.10/UNIT

$0.20

CATEGORY II – LOTS/PARCELS OTHER THAN CATEGORY I

$39.36/ACRE

$41.33/ACRE

$1.97

CATEGORY III – UNIMPROVED LAND

$12.48/ACRE

$13.10/ACRE

$0.62

  

How do City of Fort Lauderdale rates compare with other local municipalities? The City of Fort Lauderdale average total bill remains amongst the lowest of surveyed municipalities.

 

How will the rate structure affect fees for commercial/industrial properties?
Fixed charges and commodity charges for water and wastewater have increased by 5.00%.

 

How are the collected water, wastewater, and stormwater revenues used?
The City’s Water and Sewer Fund and the Stormwater Fund are enterprise funds. This means all funds collected are maintained within the Water and Sewer or Stormwater Funds and are used for water, wastewater, and stormwater related expenses only.

 

Where can I get more information regarding the water rate changes?
For more information about water service or the new utility rates, please contact the 24-Hour Customer Service Center at 954-828-8000 or online at www.fortlauderdale.gov/customerservice.

 

To view the current utility rate schedule and for answers to frequently asked questions, please visit https://utilitybilling.fortlauderdale.gov.