Notice of Public Hearing Regarding Non-reciprocal Transfers for Unbilled Utility Services

Thursday, June 16,2022
Public Hearing



 


 

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 16, 2022 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, city facilities, golf courses, and landscaped rights-of-way.  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, 2022, the total amount of unbilled services is $1,251,155 for water and irrigation, $54,372 for sewer collection and treatment, and $1,430,743 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 $2.40 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, electric, or sewer rates. However, the 2022-2023 budget does include proposed rate increases due to increased costs from suppliers and other infrastructure needs. The proposed water increase incorporates a passthrough of a $0.10 per 1,000 gallons increase in wholesale rates from the Washington County Water Conservancy District; water tiers 5, 6, and 7 will see an overall increase of $0.20 per 1,000 gallons in tier 5, a $0.40 per 1,000 gallons in tier 6, and a $0.60 per 1,000 gallons in tier 7; the proposed electric increase is $1.00 per month to the base rate for residential customers.

For the current fiscal year 2021-2022, the amount of unbilled utility services is as follows:

Fund Receiving Service

Unbilled

Electricity

Unbilled

Water & Irrigation

Unbilled

Sewer

General Fund

$ 30,523

$ 1,188,065

$ 47,492

Water Fund

$ 1,353,968

$ 33,190

$ 1,933

Energy Fund

$ 46,252

$ 3,586

$ 4,227

Regional Wastewater Treatment

$ 0

$ 25,994

$ 0

Public Transit Fund

$ 0

$ 320

$ 720

     Total Unbilled Amount

$ 1,430,743

$ 1,251,155

$ 54,372

 

 

For next fiscal year 2022-2023, the amount of unbilled utility services are budgeted as follows:

 

Fund Receiving Service

Unbilled Electricity

Unbilled

Water & Irrigation

Unbilled Sewer

General Fund

$ 29,000

$ 1,085,000

$ 47,700

Water Fund

$1,350,000

$ 33,000

$ 1,900

Energy Fund

$ 45,000

$ 3,500

$ 4,200

Regional Wastewater Treatment

$ 0

$ 26,500

$ 0

Public Transit Fund

$ 0

$ 340

$ 700

     Total Unbilled Amount

$ 1,424,000

$ 1,148,340

$ 54,500

 

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

 

Trevor A. Coombs, Administrative Services Director

Tiffany M. LaJoice, Finance Manager

Robert Myers, Budget & Financial Planning Manager

Laurie D. Mangum, Energy Services Director

Scott B. Taylor, Water Services Director