AVON — Residents will see a slight increase in their monthly water and sewer bills after Aug. 1, after the passage of two ordinances Monday night.
The city passed a 5 percent raise on both bills, in part to cover rising costs from suppliers.
For the city’s water, Avon contracts with Avon Lake. After Avon Lake raised its water rate this month, Avon’s ordinance allows the city to pass that increase on through to its residents as well.
“We review the rates once every year,” Finance Director William Logan explained. “Our suppliers are taking their rates up. In regards to water, Avon Lake has taken their rates up just under 4 percent, and our ordinance really has us pass through any Avon Lake water rate increase. So we’re passing that through and then taking it up another percent. Their rates are going up in July; our new rates would be effective in August.”
Since Aug. 1, 2017, residents have been paying $4.51 per 1,000 gallons for the first 25,000 gallons of water used per month. Residents using more than 25,000 gallons of water — usually only large businesses, according to Logan — previously paid $3.81 per 1,000 gallons over 25,000.
Starting next month, residents using up to 25,000 gallons of water will pay $4.74 per 1,000 gallons used — a $0.23 raise. Commercial users over 25,000 gallons will pay $4 per 1,000 gallons — a $0.19 raise.
While residents should not see a major increase on their monthly bills, over the year they can expect to pay around $20 more.
As for the city’s sewer rate, the base $1.99 per month charge for all users will stay the same, with the usage rate for all users raising from $6.70 per 1,000 gallons used to $7.03 per 1,000 gallons used — a $0.33 increase. Logan estimates a homeowner uses around 92,000 gallons per year, so the increase would cost about $30 more to the average homeowner.
“We have two sewer suppliers — Avon Lake, which services about 20 percent of the city, and French Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is owned by the city of North Ridgeville, they service about 80 percent of the city,” Logan said. “We don’t know yet of an increase with North Ridgeville, but Avon Lake has announced a sewer increase as well, about 15 percent. So their rates have already gone up now for July.
“North Ridgeville has not raised their rates in a number of years, but there’s talk that they might soon so we just want to kind of get ahead of the game, take our rates up moderately, so then we’ll have enough built in there if and when North Ridgeville does pass through a large increase.”
Logan said while the city has had to raise its rates, and may do so again when it reviews the rates next year, Avon’s water and sewer bills are still lower than neighboring cities.
“So between the two, it’s around $50 a year and we’re still well below the Ohio EPA’s (state average) rate … ,” he said. “We’ve got the lowest water rate in the area, other than the city of Avon Lake; theirs (is) pretty low. So we’re lower than all the other cities in Lorain County and western Cuyahoga County.”