Item No: 5B.
Meeting Date: October 8, 2012
From: Bill Spinelli, Finance Director, CPA
Subject: Ordinance establishing new rates for Water and Wastewater to be effective October 1, 2012
Staff recommends adoption of the ordinance increasing Water and Wastewater rates by 1.20% to be effective October 1, 2012.
During the Budget Adoption Hearing on September 24, 2012, the City Commission decided to balance the General Fund budget by increasing the transfers from the utility funds by 1.20%. In order for the utilities to transfer more funds to the General Fund, a corresponding increase in utility rates is necessary. The following table demonstrates the new transfer percentage and amounts that will be transferred to the General Fund.
* Water and Wastewater rate ordinances were not taken to Commission in September due to Florida Statute requirements which require notification on utility bills of rate hearings.
1. Adopt the Water and Wastewater rate ordinance as presented; or,
2. Such alternative action as the Commission may deem appropriate
If adopted, this ordinance will increase the Water and Wastewater revenues by 1.20% which will be transferred to the General Fund by a corresponding increase in the utility transfer amounts by 1.20% accordingly.
Department: Public Works
Prepared by: R. Sharp
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Deputy C.M. ___________________
City Manager ___________________
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AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA, INCREASING RATES FOR THE WATER AND WASTEWATER UTILITIES BY 1.20% OVER EXISTING RATES, SPECIFYING HOW THE ANNUAL INDEX DRIVEN RATE INCREASE PROVIDED BY §22 – 166 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES SHALL BE APPLIED IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE INCREASE IMPOSED IN THIS ORDINANCE, EXEMPTING DEPOSIT REQUIREMENTS FROM THE RATE INCREASE, REPEALING CONFLICTING ORDINANCES, PROVIDING A SAVINGS CLAUSE, AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA:
§22 – 211 of the Code of Ordinances is amended to increase all rates for water service which are in effect as of September 30, 2012 (including any prior adjustments applied under §22 – 166 of this Code), effective as to all bills rendered on or after October 1, 2012, by 1.20%. This increase shall not apply to deposit requirements. The increase imposed annually by §22 – 166 shall be applied on October 1, 2012, to the rate including the additional 1.20% increase imposed by this Ordinance.
§22 – 227 of the Code of Ordinances is amended to increase all rates for pollution abatement charges which are in effect as of September 30, 2012 (including any prior adjustments applied under §22 – 166 of this Code), effective as to all bills rendered on or after October 1, 2012, by 1.20%. This increase shall not apply to deposit requirements. The increase imposed annually by §22 – 166 shall be applied on October 1, 2012, to the rate including the additional 1.20% increase imposed by this Ordinance.
All ordinances or part of ordinances which are in conflict with this Ordinance are hereby repealed, to the extent necessary to alleviate the conflict, but shall continue in effect insofar as they are not in conflict herewith, unless repeal of the conflicting portion destroys the overall intent and effect of any of the conflicting ordinance, in which case those ordinances so affected shall be hereby repealed in their entirety.
If any portion of this Ordinance is declared invalid or unenforceable, and to the extent that it is possible to do so without destroying the overall intent and effect of this Ordinance, the portion deemed invalid or unenforceable shall be severed herefrom and the remainder of the ordinance shall continue in full force and effect as if it were enacted without including the portion found to be invalid or unenforceable.
This Ordinance shall become effective upon its passage and adoption according to law.
PASSED AND ADOPTED at the regular meeting of the City Commission of the City of Leesburg, Florida, held on the day of , 2012.
THE CITY OF LEESBURG, FLORIDA