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Sparks City Council Approves Sewer Rate Increase

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From the City of Sparks:

The Sparks City Council voted to approve a rate increase to the City's sewer fee structure. The rate increase is required to fund critical capital improvement needs at the Truckee Meadows Water Reclamation Facility (TMWRF) and the sanitary sewer collection system. TMWRF is an aging facility that was constructed a half-century ago in 1964.

The Cities of Sparks and Reno jointly own and operate the facility, with Sparks responsible for about one third of the costs, and Reno two thirds. TMWRF requires $100 million of improvements and upgrades over the next 10 years.  

The rate increase, to include single family residential and industrial/commercial users, will increase 8.25% effective July 1, 2014 for a four year period, with the final increase on July 1, 2017.  There is nearly $100 million worth of improvements and upgrades that have been identified at TMWRF over a 10-year period.

Residential customers in Sparks, who are billed quarterly, will not see an increase in the Sparks Storm Drain Service Fee or River Flood Fee.

Despite an increase over a four year period, Sparks' sewer rates will remain lower than nearby jurisdictions.
Current quarterly sewer rates in Sparks are at $47.55. 

The 4-year rate increase is as follows:
July 1, 2014: $51.48
July 1, 2015: $55.71
July 1, 2016: $60.33
July 1, 2017: $65.28

From the City of Sparks

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