After many months of deliberation, the North Logan City Council voted to move forward with implementing new tiered water rates on Wednesday evening.
“As you all know, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time on this over the last several months,” Mayor Damon Cann said. “We reached out to multifamily, individuals who fall under the multifamily regulatory scheme of this change.”
Because the council had tabled the proposal during its previous meeting after the public hearing revealed some concerns on the effects of the proposal on multifamily properties, Council Member Craig Humphreys asked North Logan City Administrator Alan Luce for an update on those concerns.
Luce and Water Conservation Committee Member Zac Root said they had reached out to individuals who would fall under the multifamily category to discuss the changes. According to Root, as they explained how the rates would be broken up, the property owners were receptive.
“Once we broke it out per unit cost, what it would be if it were built as a normal residential unit, the increase is there,” Root said. “They were seeing the identical percentage increase per unit as per-single family home, if not a little less.”
The new rates, which will be implemented beginning June 15, increase the base rate and create nine gradually increasing tiers for single-family residences and 10 tiers for multifamily residences.
For single-family residences, Tier 1 would have a base rate of $12.15 per month and $1.57 per 1,000 gallons up to 10,000 gallons. If a single-family residence uses more than 300,000 gallons, the home would fall under Tier 9, which charges the base rate plus $4 per 1,000 gallons used.
Multifamily buildings, or buildings that have more than one unit per water meter, would have a base rate of $7.11 per unit plus the tiered rates. For example, Tier 1 for multifamily residences would have the base rate of $7.11 and $2.25 per 1,000 gallons up to 500,000 gallons.
If a multifamily organization uses more than 5,000,000 gallons a month, it would fall under Tier 10 which charges the base rate plus $4.25 per 1,000 gallons.
“You’re not going to be charged if you don’t use it,” Council Member Roger Anderson said. “We’re over watering in many areas in the city. Conserve and you won’t pay.”