Please consider and share the following as City Council goes over the budget. FACT SHEET: Richmond’s proposed $26.11 monthly water/sewer service charge At $26.11, Richmond’s minimum monthly water/sewer service charge would still be one of the highest in the nation. It is a burden for every senior citizen getting by on Social Security and every […]
Please consider and share the following as City Council goes over the budget.
FACT SHEET: Richmond’s proposed $26.11 monthly water/sewer service charge
At $26.11, Richmond’s minimum monthly water/sewer service charge would still be one of the highest in the nation. It is a burden for every senior citizen getting by on Social Security and every other low income resident of the city to pay $313 annually just to be connected to the water supply.
The city is using the utilities as a “cash cow” for the city’s general fund. Of the $12 million annually paid by the water and sewer utilities into the city’s general fund, $3 million is paid in lieu of FEDERAL INCOME TAXES, which no business pays to the city. Every customer’s monthly service charge could be reduced $4 each month if the payment in lieu of FEDERAL INCOME TAXES was removed.
Henrico’s service charge is about half of Richmond’s and Henrico gives a discount to those who use 3 or less units of water volume.
Water is a necessity that no one can do without. This is the most regressive means possible to fund the city through an outrageous service charge on this necessity. The city residents own the utility, which should provide an affordable base price for water service to those willing to conserve water.
The city’s water rate structure provides little financial incentive to conserve water because the large service charge is the same even if the customer uses little water.
In Norfolk, the minimum monthly service charge is $1; everyone’s bill is in proportion to the amount of water used.
The minimum water/sewer service charges are not even shown on the bill, so most residents are not aware that they are paying a high monthly service charge — even if they use no water.
If Richmond had fair water rates that provided a financial incentive to conserve water, there would be less need for more chemicals and water treatment facilities. Fewer pollutants would be released downstream. The city would be better prepared for periodic drought conditions.
By the way you can see from our list that the city’s proposed $26.11 base water/sewer service charge is still higher than most cities:
Washington DC: $3.86
Pittsburg: $16.59 (includes first 1000 gallons)
Knoxville: $24.75 (includes first 1,500 gallons)
Louisville Ky: $21.27
Little Rock AR: $20.72
Oklahoma City: $13.03
Kansas City Mo: $22.30
Lincoln Ne: $4.92
Bismarck ND: $12.20
New York City: $12.90 (includes 4 ccf)
New Orleans: $15.65
San Francisco: $7.90