Water and Wastewater Utility Sytems

In accordance with Chapter 180.136 Florida Statutes, the Town of Highland Beach, Florida, hereby provides notice that the Town Commission will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of the FY 2020 Revenue Sufficiency Study – Water and Wastewater Systems on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 1:30 PM at Town Hall in the Commission Chambers. The purpose of the hearing is to solicit public comments regarding the proposed changes to the Town’s water and wastewater monthly rates and fees.

When will the new rates go into effect, if approved by the Commission?

The new rates would take effect beginning April 1, 2021, which will be reflected in your April-May billing statement that you will receive in June.

What are the new water rates?

For residential, multifamily, and commercial classes of customers:

  • Water flat charge: $40.00
  • Bi-monthly Usage Charges (per unit):

0 to 10,000 gallons                            $2.13 per 1,000 gallons

10,001 to 20,000 gallons               $2.88 per 1,000 gallons

20,001 to 55,000 gallons                $4.47 per 1,000 gallons

55,001 to 80,000 gallons                $6.50 per 1,000 gallons

Over 80,000 gallons                          $8.50 per 1,000 gallons

For the irrigation class:

  • Water flat charge: $40.00
  • Bi-monthly Usage Charges (per unit):

0 to 55,000 gallons                            $4.47 per 1,000 gallons

55,001 to 80,000 gallons               $6.50 per 1,000 gallons

over 80,000 gallons                           $8.50 per 1,000 gallons

What are the new sewer rates?

For residential and multifamily classes of customers:

  • Wastewater flat charge: $29.55
  • Bi-monthly Usage Charge (per unit): $2.41 per 1,000 gallons of water usage to a maximum of 20,000 gallons.

For commercial customers:

  • Wastewater flat charge: $29.55
  • Bi-Monthly Usage Charge (per unit): $2.41 per 1,000 gallons with no maximum.

Why are we changing the rates?

It is important to note that the new rate structure was developed and approved to achieve four main goals: (1) Create an independent utility system by eliminating General Fund financial support, (2) Eliminate operating deficits, (3) Establish a sufficient capital improvement fund and (4) Create equity between user classes.    

I heard my property taxes are going to go down with the rate change?

The table below shows estimated annual tax savings and gross tax savings over the next five years for various property taxable, assessed values. 

Reduction in Property Taxes **

           

Fiscal Year (FY)

Taxable Assessed Values

$250,000

$500,000

$750,000

$1,000,000

$1,500,000

FY 2021

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

FY 2022

($59)

($118)

($176)

($235)

($353)

Annual Savings

$59

$118

$176

$235

$353

FY 2023

($25)

($50)

($74)

($99)

($149)

Annual Savings

$84

$167

$251

$334

$501

FY 2024

($36)

($72)

($108)

($144)

($216)

Annual Savings

$120

$239

$359

$478

$717

FY 2025

($20)

($40)

($60)

($80)

($120)

Annual Savings

$140

$279

$419

$558

$838

Gross Savings over 5 years

$284

$568

$852

$1,136

$1,704

           
 

** Assumes no change in taxable assessed value over the five-year period.


How can I reduce my bill?

The most effective way to lower your bill is to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation.  Try irrigating your lawn only two or three days per week and consider installing water-conserving irrigation equipment and rain sensors.  Also, consider low-flow toilets, shower heads and other water conservation fixtures as well as water efficient washing machines and dishwashers.  For more water conservation tips, visit South Florida Water Management District (SFWMD) website www.sfwmd.org.

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