(Lander, Wyo.) – Carl Brown of Carl Brown Consulting has completed his study of Lander’s water and sewer rate system, and he will present his findings and recommendations to the Lander City Council during a public meeting tonight.
“The current water rate structures are essentially flat rates,” Brown wrote in his synopsis of the study. “Within the various rate classes, all members of each class pay a relatively high minimum charge and most get a usage allowance that is higher than their monthly use during all or most months of the year. That creates a situation where a majority of residential customers, and many of the commercial customers pay only a minimum charge during most months of the year. Plus, the unit charge is so low that it gives users little incentive to conserve water. These structures are unfair to low volume customers because they end up paying a greater share of the systems’ costs than their usage warrants. The proposed rates fix this situation.”
Brown proposes charging a unit rate for water use to simplify the more than 20 water rate classes currently used.
The proposed rates for both water and sewer would amount to lower monthly costs for some customers and higher costs for others based on the amount of usage.
The public meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at Lander City Hall. After Brown presents his findings, the public will have an opportunity to comment.