On January 17, 2017, the Parkville Board of Aldermen approved a ten percent increase to sewer rates for customers of the Parkville sewer system. The ten percent increase will impact the average residential household by approximately $3.80 per month. Sewer rates are calculated based on average water usage per household during the winter months. Residents can control their monthly bills by reducing the amount of water used during December, January and February.
The Parkville Sewer Fund is a self-sustaining enterprise fund that operates on its own revenue distinct from the City’s General Fund. The City’s policy is to maintain a target working capital of at least three months of operations plus the current fiscal year debt service payment for sewer-related emergencies. With unplanned emergency repairs over the past two years, the working capital dipped below the target level.
The increase will help fund emergency purchases for maintenance at the sewer plant, sewer pump stations and the sewer collection system, ensure that the critical system improvements planned in the 2017 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) can be completed and restore the Sewer Fund working capital back to the level set by City policy.
In addition to the rate increase, the City also deferred approximately $50,000 in projects to the 2018 CIP to help bring the working capital back to the target level. The rate increase and deferred projects in 2017 will allow the Sewer Fund to maintain operational integrity while continuing to complete important planned maintenance.
The new rate will be reflected on customer sewer bills beginning in February 2017.
For more information, please contact Public Works Director Alysen Abel at (816) 741-7676.