1st utility rate hike in 9 years goes before Gilbert Town Council

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The Town Council will consider hiking Gilbert’s utility rates for the first time in nine years at its meeting Thursday.

The hikes, if approved, will be in water, sewer and environmental services rates. It also will include an environmental compliance fee.

They would go into effect Nov. 1 under the town’s proposal.

Town officials indicate that rising costs in energy and chemicals to treat water, as well as costs for the resource itself, are driving the increase. The town has been able to realize savings through improved efficiencies over the past years, but can no longer hold off a hike, Gilbert Budget Director Kelly Pfost said.

However, the town’s utility costs will remain the lowest in the Southeast Valley, according to town documents.

Gilbert has produced a video on the increases that suggests as an example a family with four children using 12,000 gallons a month would see their costs rise $7.78 a month from $67.05 to $74.83.

The intention to hike rates was announced in May and the town has held a series of public open houses to discuss the increases for residential and commercial customers.

This final public hearing will be part of the council’s agenda at its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Gilbert Civic Center, 50 E. Civic Center Drive.

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Tom Blodgett
Raised in Arizona, Tom Blodgett has spent 30 years in journalism in Arizona and is the editor of the Gilbert edition of Community Impact Newspaper. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he now serves as an instructional professional in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication and editorial adviser to The State Press, the university's independent student media outlet.
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