Where do my utility fees go?
The following is an explanation of the fees charged under the “Current Charges” section of your utility bill. These categories are used for both residential and commercial accounts for billing purposes:
Water Base Rate
The base rate assists in covering the recurring operating costs of the public water system including routine maintenance, replacement of aging facilities, and the work required to remain in compliance with State and Federal regulations such as the Safe Drinking Water Act.
This is a fee which varies based on the amount of water used. For residential customers, the tiered rate structure includes higher per gallon costs for larger amounts of consumption. Commercial and Multifamily rates remain the same per gallon consumed. Money collected through this fee pays for treating and delivering water, as well as for the maintenance, repair, and renovation of the water system components related to customer demand.
This fee is a fixed rate for residential and hotel customers. Schools, churches, and all other commercial customer fees vary based on water consumption and use type. The fees collected pay for recurring operating costs of the public sewer conveyance system, such as routine maintenance, as well as renovation of the conveyance system. The fees also pay for the operation, maintenance, and renovation of the Water Reclamation and Reuse Facility.
Garbage & Recycling Rate
This line item shows the customers self-selected garbage service, such as “35 Gallon Roll Cart.” Fees include a flat rate for garbage and recycling pickup and landfill charges. All residential customers are required to participate in the City of Moscow sanitation service provided by Latah Sanitation, Inc., but are not required to have a roll cart for recycling service.
Residential Street Light
This is a fee to pay for the cost of street lights in residential areas. Your home receives a benefit from the increased illumination and safety, although you may not have a street light directly in front of your home.