LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) --
Remember the uproar from mostly small business in the Las Vegas Valley last year when a water rate increase approved by the Southern Nevada Water Authority hit them with increases that doubled or tripled their monthly charges in some cases?
If the SWNA board approves the recommendation of an advisory committee, water users will eventually pay 60 percent more for the commodity charge starting sometime next year.
The recommendation is to phase in the increase over three years. The charge will raise from the current 30 cents per 1,000 gallons used to 48 cents per 1,000 gallons and will be phased in from 2014 through 2016.
The increase to all users is an effort to have all SWNA customers share in the cost of some $400 million of infrastructure improvements made to the system in recent years.
When it considered a rate increase last year, the SWNA board said it had three choices, to charge small businesses more, to charge residential customers more or to make larger users pay more. The board approved a $5 monthly increase on residential customers and a major increase on businesses that had water lines for fire extinguishing systems.
Some small businesses saw their bills double or triple and the SWNA said it would reconsider the rate increase plan it had approved.
An advisory committee and a technical committee were formed and met over the past several months to determine how to restructure water rates.
The advisory panel's recommendations were finalized Wednesday and can be found on the SWNA website at http://www.snwa.com/apps/agenda/snwa/index.cfml
. Look for IRPAC for 09/04/2013 and click on supporting materials to download the pdf.
The SWNA board is expected to consider the advisory panel's recommendations during its September meeting.