Sewer rates in McPherson could increase if proposed improvements pass

By Nick Gosnell
November 24, 2014

Improvements in sewer infrastructure proposed at Monday's City Commission meeting will, if enacted by the governing body in two weeks, result in a change in McPherson City sewer rates.

As presented by McPherson City Public Works Director Jeff Woodward on Monday, the City is proposing reconstruction of Water Treatment Plant road, a new sanitary sewer installation in the alley between Barber and Myers Street between Loomis and Anna Streets and new sewer infrastructure between Northview and Kansas Avenue to handle anticipated increased needs with the development of industrial areas in that part of the city.

Woodward explained how this would impact sewer rates. Woodward said, "Currently, the base rate is at fourteen dollars and fifty cents per property, and a two dollar per thousand gallon unit rate. The average homeowner today pays twenty three dollars and ninety four cents a month for sewer. The new proposed sewer rate is to change the base rate to fifteen dollars, and the unit rate to two dollars and thirty cents. This will yield about seventeen thousand dollars a month in generated revenue, and increase the average homeowner's sewer one dollar and ninety two cents."

The final public hearing on this proposal is scheduled for December 8th at 9 a.m. in the City Commission room