We received a briefing from a consultant tasked with looking at infrastructure needs in Keller in our water and sewer department on Tuesday. They also look at the need to raise rates based upon on infrastructure needs, and the news isn’t good.
There are roughly $20,000,000 worth of infrastructure items that they claim will be needed in Keller in the next five years. Those include rebuilding the Alta Vista Pump station, improvements to the Wall-Price Keller Road water line, water line improvements to the Mt. Gilead & Keller Smithfield Road lines, Johnson Road water line improvements, and collectors at Big Bear East and Marshall Branch North. This also includes the sewer improvements to Katy Road that were recently approved and the bonds sold.
All told, they are projecting our average water and sewer bill is going to increase from $85.59 in 2011 to $113.09 in 2016. That is a 32% increase. Those numbers do include the pass through rate increases from the City of Ft. Worth for wholesale water and sewer rates. (We buy our water from Ft. Worth, they control the rates that are passed on to the customer)
I’ve been assured these are all preliminary numbers, that things could be better or worse than what was presented. But it still shocked me to see the increases planned.
I’ve asked the City Manager to have a sit down in the next couple of months to go over the number a bit more than we had time to the other night.
I’ve also included the page from the presentation that details the cost increases each year that they projected.