BOPU proposes rate hike

Cheyenne, (WY) KGWN- A new proposal from the Board of Public Utilities could cost residents about 3 dollars a month in 2015.

On Monday, the Cheyenne City Council will vote on the new fee schedule which includes a 3.5% hike for water and 5% hike for sewer fees. BOPU is also proposing a 3.4% hike for development fees.

BOPU spokesman Clint Bassett says the development fee increases go right back into BOPU to make sure they can provide water and sewer services to new homes and businesses. "They begin to use part of our capacity that we have, our water and sewer systems, so we ask that they pay for it, then we use that money to procure additional capacity," said Bassett.

Here's a breakdown of the costs for residents and commercial customers according to BOPU's numbers.

Water Fees
Proposed increase - 3.5%
Avg. Household price increase per month - $1.28
Avg. Commercial price increase per month - $3.18
Additional Revenue for BOPU - $624,000

Sewer Fees
Proposed increase 5%
Avg. Household price increase per month - $1.41
Avg. Commercial price increase per month - $3.81
Additional Revenue for BOPU - $666,000


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