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"Brighton Council approves increases to utility rates" --- Are they warranted? Weigh in

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"Brighton Council approves increases to utility rates"  ---  Are they warranted?  Weigh in

Brighton City Council's approval of water and sewer services rate increases have met with some stiff residential opposition. What do you think? Are they reasonable? warranted? Read the report below then blog your opinion and Vote in our Poll

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 The Brighton City Council last night approved rate increases for water and sewer services. The new rates, which go into effect with utility bills issued after Feb. 1, include an increase to both fixed rates and user rates for water and sewer as well as the addition of a storm drainage fee.

For fixed rates, residential consumers will now pay $12.36 per month for water, up a $2.50, and $8.15 per month for sewer, up $1.11. The fixed storm drainage fee will be $1.84 per month.

For user rates, residential consumers will now pay $4.25 per 1,000 gallons of water up to 25,000 gallons of water used, up 16 cents per 1,000 gallons, and $4.24 per 1,000 gallons of sewer, also up 16 cents per 1,000 gallons.

The average family that uses approximately 11,000 gallons of water and sewer in the summer months can expect to see their user rate increase by about $1.76 per month and their fixed rate to increase by $3.65 each month.

Commercial users will also see an increase to their water and sewer fixed rates and user rates based on the size of their meter.

“The adjustment to utility rates will allow the city to maintain and upgrade our existing water and sewer infrastructure so we can continue to meet the needs of our customers well into the future,” said Jim Landeck, Director of Utilities for the City of Brighton. “Our Utilities staff has emphasized that there will be increasing number of failures in the water and wastewater systems which will disrupt the quality of service within our neighborhoods unless efforts are undertaken to establish a sustainable long-term revenue program for maintenance and replacement of 100-year-old components of Brighton’s utility system.”

For questions regarding utility charges, please call 303-655-2009.

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