Evanston aldermen tonight are scheduled to approve a 5 percent increase in water rates.
City staff says the increase is needed to limit the amount of bond debt the city has to issue to finance capital improvement projects for the water system.
The increase follows a 10 percent hike adopted last year and is scheduled to be followed by a 3 percent increase for 2013.
The increase comes just after the City of Chicago announced a 25 percent water rate hike, which is scheduled to be followed by 15 percent increases in each of the next three years.
With those changes, Chicago’s water rate will soar above Evanston’s. Chicago now charges $2.01 per 1,000 gallons while Evanston charges $2.23.
Next year the rates will be $2.51 in Chicago and $2.34 in Evanston, according to a city staff memo.
Evanston water rates will also be lower than those for 28 other communities checked by city staff. The only lower rate identified is in Highland Park where water will cost 3-cents less per 1,000 gallons next year than in Evanston.
The water charge generally forms only a relatively small part of the bi-monthly “water bill” issued to residents by the city.
Sewer rates are roughly three times the water rate and, depending on the level of service, sanitation charges for garbage removal can be more than the charge for water.
Water rate hike proposal