Some say city bills are like Luke Air Force Base jets: They keep going up.
Indeed, a New Year begins in Glendale with new increases.
Those flushing 2020 away and celebrating 2021 with a glass of city water will be paying slightly more than last year.
Most Glendale residents will be paying slightly more on their city utility bills, as of Jan. 1.
In 2019, the “base charge” for water usage for most residents was $10.80. In 2020, the base charge increased to $11.40.
This year, the base charge went up to $12—an 11% increase over 2019 rates.
The usage rate for Glendale water per 1,000 gallons up to 6,000 gallons for most residents increased from $3.11 in 2019 to $3.28 last year and $3.40 this year.
Sewer/wastewater rates increased from a base charge for usage of $10.20 to $10.80 last year and $11.40 this year.
The flush rate per 1,000 gallons was $3.94 in 2019. It increased to $4.15 last year and $4.37 this year.
Rates also increased for multifamily apartment complexes and businesses.
The water and sewer rates effective for 2020 and 2021 were approved by Glendale City Council on June 25, 2019.
In November, council voted to approve an increase in commercial garbage pickup in 2021.
But there is no increase for residential garbage. Most Glendale homes pay $21.80 per month for garbage and recycling pickup.
Still cheaper than Phoenix
Even with the increases, Glendale remains solidly in the middle of the pack when compared to neighboring cities’ utility rates.
Glendale remains far cheaper than Goodyear and Buckeye, about the same as Phoenix—and more expensive than Peoria, Avondale and Scottsdale, according to a city presentation.
But another “rate study”—which, for most cities, usually means “rate increase”—is on the way.
According to the meeting minutes, at a Dec. 17 workshop for the Glendale Utility Commission, financial administrator Dan Hatch “gave an educational presentation on the financial planning process in preparation for the upcoming rate study.”
The department’s mission statement: “The Water Department provides customers with safe, reliable, high quality water, wastewater and storm water services to ensure the health, vitality and sustainability of our community.”
At a meeting this month, utility commissioners Ron Short, Larry Flatau, Jon Froke, Robin Berryhill, Amber Ford and David McGrew will be presented the results of a customer service survey.
In the coming months, they are likely to see the new rate study, which could start the process of rate increases again next year.