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File #: 15-5745   
Type: Staff Briefing - With Ordinance
In control: City Council A Session
On agenda: 11/19/2015
Posting Language: An Ordinance approving 1) modifications to the SAWS water and wastewater rate structure; 2) adjustments to the 2016 residential, general, irrigation, wholesale and recycled class rates, including a rate plan for 2017-2020; 3) various fees and charges related to services provided by SAWS; 4) the establishment of the rate class and reaffirmation of the rates for the District Special Project; and 5) amending the City Code to be consistent with those modifications. [Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer; Robert R. Puente, President and CEO, San Antonio Water System]
Attachments: 1. Report on Proposed Adjustments to SAWS Rates and Rate Structure, 2. Draft Ordinance, 3. Ordinance 2015-11-19-0956
DEPARTMENT: Finance

DEPARTMENT HEAD: Ben Gorzell, Chief Financial Officer

COUNCIL DISTRICT(S) IMPACTED: City Wide

SUBJECT:

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) Proposed Modifications to the Water and Sewer Rate Structure and Proposed Rate Adjustments

SUMMARY:

An Ordinance approving 1) modifications to the SAWS water and wastewater rate structure; 2) adjustments to the 2016 residential, general, irrigation, wholesale and recycled class rates, including a rate plan for 2017-2020; 3) various fees and charges related to services provided by SAWS; 4) the establishment of the rate class and reaffirmation of the rates for the District Special Project; and 5) amending the City Code to be consistent with those modifications.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

The City Council will be asked to consider SAWS Proposed Modifications to the Water and Sewer Rate Structure including changes to the Residential, General, Irrigation, and Wholesale Class Rates and Proposed Rate Adjustments.

The Public Utilities Staff of the Finance Department conducted a comprehensive review of the proposed rate structure changes and the proposed rate adjustments. Staff was involved in the process beginning in 2014 as SAWS conducted a Comprehensive Cost of Service (COS) and Rate Design Study (rate study) and as SAWS was developing its revenue requirements and rate models for the 2016 Budget and 5-Year Plan. For more information about the proposed rate structure and rate adjustments, please reference the attached memo.

ISSUE:

SAWS proposed modifications to the current water and sewer rate structure include changes to residential, general, irrigation and wholesale class rates. SAWS is seeking to make certain adjustments to its rates and charges for 2016 and have a rate plan approved for the period 2017 to 2020.

ALTERNATIVES:

The City Council could elect not to approve this agreement and have SAWS maintain current rate structure.

FISCAL IMPACT:

The City recei...

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