Council approves first reading of sewer/reclaimed water rate adjustment
The Panama City Beach City Council approved a slight sewer and reclaimed water rate adjustment Thursday, leaving potable water rates unchanged.
The Council approved the first reading of Ordinance 1495 calling for a 2 percent increase, effective Oct. 1, 2019 for sewer/reclaimed water only. A second reading of the ordinance will be on the Sept. 12 City Council agenda. The increase will amount to approximately 50 cents per month for utility customers inside the City limits. Rates for those living in unincorporated Bay County on the island, also increase 2 percent.
Even with the adjustment, Panama City Beach still has the lowest water/sewer rates in Bay County. See chart below.
In August 2016, the City’s rate consultant, Public Resources Management Group, performed a water and wastewater rate analysis, making recommendations for the following five fiscal years. In accordance with the study recommendations, no increases were implemented for fiscal year 2016-17. Rates were increased 1 percent for potable water and 2 percent for sewer and reclaimed water for fiscal year 2017-18.
Notices of the proposed rate adjustments have been included on water bills and mailed to customers.
Public Information Officer Debbie Ward can be reached at email@example.com or (850) 233-5100, Ext. 2261.