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City Council Public Hearing
Non-reciprocal Transfers of Unbilled Utility Services

Thursday, June 6,2019



 

Notice of Public Hearing

Purpose:              The City of St. George, Utah will hold public hearings to review and take public comment regarding non-reciprocal transfers for unbilled utility services from the Electric,  Water, and Sewer Funds to other City Funds.

 

Public Hearing: Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 5:00 pm. St. George City Hall, 175 E 200 N, St. George, UT 84770

 

Background:       The City of St. George has funds that operate as business-type funds, providing water, energy, and sewer collection and treatment services to customers and charging fees based upon consumption (usage) at rates established by the St. George City Council. Most city-owned facilities are charged for these services, but some services are provided at no cost to the City. For example, the Water Fund provides water and irrigation water to some city parks, landscaping, city facilities, golf courses, and right-of-ways.  Similarly, the Electric Fund provides power to city wells and pump stations used by the Water Fund to distribute water to customers. For the current fiscal year ending June 30, 2019, the total amount of unbilled services is $812,408 for water and irrigation, $44,171 for sewer collection and treatment, and $1,088,828 for electricity.

 

The costs indicated in this notice are already included in the rates utility customers are currently paying, and we estimate that each customer is billed an average of $1.83 per month for these costs. This notice is for informational purposes only and this practice of unbilled utility services does not result in a proposed increase in the water or electric rates. However, the 2019-2020 budget does include proposed rate increases due to increased costs from suppliers and other infrastructure needs. The proposed water increase is $0.10 per 1,000 gallons; and the proposed electric increase is $1.00 per month to the base rate for residential customers.

For the current fiscal year 2018-2019, the amount of unbilled utility services is as follows:

Fund Receiving Service

Unbilled

Electricity

Unbilled

Water & Irrigation

Unbilled

Sewer

General Fund

$ 36,087

$ 759,569

$ 38,558

Water Fund

$ 993,556

$ 12,661

$ 1,577

Energy Fund

$ 59,185

$ 5,595

$ 3,448

Regional Wastewater Treatment

$ 0

$ 36,326

$ 0

Public Transit Fund

$ 0

$ 257

$ 588

     Total Unbilled Amount

$ 1,088,828

$ 812,408

$ 44,171

 

For next fiscal year 2019-2020, the unbilled utility services are budgeted as follows:

 

Fund Receiving Service

Unbilled Electricity

Unbilled

Water & Irrigation

Unbilled Sewer

General Fund

$ 39,000

$ 810,000

$ 41,000

Water Fund

$ 1,063,000

$ 13,500

$ 2,500

Energy Fund

$ 63,000

$ 6,000

$ 4,000

Regional Wastewater Treatment

$ 0

$ 39,000

$ 0

Public Transit Fund

$ 0

$ 500

$ 500

     Total Unbilled Amount

$ 1,165,000

$ 869,000

$ 48,000

 

For questions or comments regarding this public notice, please contact the following individuals at 435-627-4000.

 

Trevor Coombs, Administrative Services Director

Tiffany M LaJoice, Finance Manager

Deanna Brklacich, Budget and Financial Planning Manager

Laurie Mangum, Energy Services Director

Scott Taylor, Water Services Director