City of Lubbock Rate and Fee Changes

Start Date: January 01, 2018, 12:00 AM
End Date: January 31, 2018, 11:59 PM

WATER RATE
The City of Lubbock is simplifying its water rate structure.

Your water bill is made up of two charges: a base charge that is determined by the size of your water meter and a volume charge that is determined by the amount of water you use.

The base charge is increasing by about 1%, but it will now include the first 1,000 gallons of water you use each month. For customers who use 1,000 gallons or less in a month, you’ll only pay the base charge. Even with the 1% increase, most residential customers in this category will save about $2 each month.

Base Charge:
 • ¾" meter       $18.00
 • 1" meter        $30.06
 • 1 ½" meter    $59.94
 • 2" meter        $96.30

The volume charge is also being adjusted. The new structure sets standard fees for all customers based on how much water you use each month. Usage is divided into four tiers, with the first tier starting $0.73 lower than the current structure.

Volume Charge (cost per 1,000 gallons):
  • 1,001 - 5,000 gallons           $4.03
  • 5,001 - 10,000 gallons         $6.97
  • 10,001 - 30,000 gallons       $8.36
  • More than 30,000 gallons     $8.57

These changes will take effect with your January bill.

Examples:

 - ¾" meter using 900 gallons - your bill would be $18.00
     • Usage is included in the base rate

 - ¾" meter using 8,000 gallons - your bill would be $55.03
     • Base rate of $18.00, plus
     • 4,000 gallons at $4.03 = $16.12, plus
     • 3,000 gallons at $6.97 = $20.91 



WASTEWATER RATE

The City of Lubbock is adjusting its wastewater rate structure.

Your wastewater bill is made up of two charges: a base charge that is determined by the size of your water meter and a volume charge that is determined by your History Based Consumption or HBC. The HBC is the average amount of water a residential customers uses between November and February.

Why November to February? Because, we want the best base for consumption, and this period is when most of your water use is inside your home.

The base charge for wastewater is not changing.

The volume charge will increase by $0.54 per 1,000 gallons. The increase will cover operating costs and the new Northwest Water Reclamation Plant which will add to the City’s overall ability to treat wastewater safely and efficiently.

This change will start with your January bill.



SOLID WASTE RATE

As of October 1, 2017 the City of Lubbock has adjusted its solid waste rate structure. The residential rate has increased by one dollar.  Residential customers are charged a flat rate each month for garbage collection. The amended monthly residential charge is $16.25 plus any applicable state or federal fee or surcharge.  The residential solid waste rate was $15.25. 

The costs for commercial properties will vary, based on their selected container, number of containers and selected service.  The amended commercial rates for a two cubic yard container is $43.23, a three cubic yard container is $64.08, a four cubic yard container is $84.93, a six cubic yard container is $122.95 and an eight cubic yard container is $160.97 – plus any applicable state or federal fee or surcharge. 

This shall be the minimum assessment and any additional charges for extra pickups, extra service or extra containers which are now or may in the future be assess shall be in addition to the charge. 

The rate has remained the same for several years but operating costs have increased.  The cost increases include fuel, machinery maintenance, existing programs, such as household hazardous waste program, citizen convenience stations which includes the bulky item recycling program.

The last residential and commercial refuse rate increase was approved in 2010. 


LAKE ALAN HENRY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY RATE
The City of Lubbock is adjusting its rates for recreational activities at Lake Alan Henry.

Entrance and boat launch fees will increase by $2, with the camping fee increasing by $3. Annual permit fees and boat slip rental fees will also increase. These increases will maintain public facilities and ensure a safe, clean environment for lake visitors.

Hunting fees will increase by an average of $30 per hunt for residents. Fees have also increased for non-residents and out-of-state users. Hunting fees at Lake Alan Henry have not changed for 15 years. These increase will help ensure that requirements for habitat management on the Wildlife Mitigation Area continue to be met.

Click here for a closer look at fees for recreational activities at Lake Alan Henry.


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