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File #: 22-0912    Version: 1
Type: recommendation Status: Filed
File created: 9/29/2022 In control: Utility Advisory Committee
Agenda date: 10/6/2022 Final action: 10/6/2022
Title: 2023 Preliminary Utility Rates and Operating Budgets
Attachments: 1. GFCs and CDCs (2018 – 2023).pdf, 2. Storm&SurfaceWater CFP.pdf, 3. Wastewater CFP.pdf, 4. Drinking Water CFP.pdf, 5. SummaryHistory of Bi-Monthly Utility Rates (2020 – 2023).pdf, 6. DRAFT_Letter_UAC_2023_UAC_GFC_CFP_Council_Recommendation_09-30-22.pdf, 7. Staff Presentation 2023 Budget Review Presentation UAC 100622 revised.pdf
Title
2023 Preliminary Utility Rates and Operating Budgets

Recommended Action/UAC Deliverable:
Review staff's briefing on preliminary utility rates and budget for 2023.

Issue:
Review 2023 preliminary utility rates (including LOTT), operating budgets and General Facility Charges (GFC, including LOTT). Forward UAC recommendations to City Council for review on October 18, 2023. UAC will also forward their recommendations to the City Council for review during their budget deliberations.

Staff Contact:
Gary Franks, Public Works Waste ReSources Director, 360.753.8780
Eric Christensen, Public Works Water Resources Director, 360.570.3741
Mike Vessey, Public Works Interim Drinking Water Director, 360.753.8318

Presenters:
Same as above

Background and Analysis:
The Utility Advisory Committee reviews City utility finances, rates and general facilities charges annually. Staff will brief the UAC on the preliminary 2023 budgets, proposed rates, and general facility charges the Drinking Water, Wastewater, Storm and Surface Water, and Waste ReSources utilities.

City Utilities are expected to provide uninterrupted public health services for our community. Our responsibilities include ensuring that drinking water is healthy, sewer infrastructure safely conveys wastewater to the LOTT treatment facility, solid waste is managed for reuse or properly disposed, flooding is minimized, and our urban natural resources are protected. As municipal utilities, we must meet the needs of our community while maintaining and upgrading our increasingly aging infrastructure.
Utility staff focus on effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of these services.

The City Utilities are municipal enterprise funds. They are financially self-supporting without the input of general tax funds. Conversely, Utility revenue does not support tax-based City programs. However, the Utilities pay a fair share of various City overhead costs (e.g., building mortgage, legal and executive services). Annual sa...

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