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Notice of Water Rate Increase and Public Hearing

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on August 17, 2021, the City Council (the “Council”) of the City of East Helena, Montana (the “City”) adopted a Resolution of Intention of the City of East Helena, Montana to Increase Rates for the Users of the Municipal Water System. 

The City utilizes an equivalent dwelling unit methodology for imposing rates and charges, which is based on the size of the water line or meter servicing each connection.  A 3/4 inch or 5/8 inch service, which is the standard service for single family residential users, is 1 Equivalent Dwelling Unit (EDU).

The City currently charges users of the water system a Base Rate Charge of $30 per EDU per month, as shown below:
Water Line/Meter Size Multiplier Base Rate Charge
5/8  x 3/4 1.00 $30.00
3/4 inch 1.00 $30.00
1 inch 1.78 $53.40
1½ inch 4.00 $120.00
2 inch 7.11 $213.30
3 inch 16.00 $480.00
4 inch 28.44 $853.20
In addition, the City also charges users of the water system a Varied Rate of $1.10 per 1,000 gallons of water or portion thereof used per user per month. All users connected to the water system are charged the sum of the Base Rate Charge plus the Varied Rate.
In addition, the City charges a monthly surcharge of $20 per month for the months of May through October for each unmetered irrigation hydrant (the “Irrigation Hydrant Surcharge”).
Commencing with the January 2022 billing, the City proposes to increase the Base Rate Charge to $43.25 per EDU per month (the “Proposed Base Rate Charge”), as shown below:
Water Line/Meter Size Multiplier Proposed Base Rate Charge
5/8  x 3/4 1.00 $43.25
3/4 inch 1.00 $43.25
1 inch 1.78 $76.99
1½ inch 4.00 $173.00
2 inch 7.11 $307.51
3 inch 16.00 $692.00
4 inch 28.44 $1,230.00
6 inch 64.00 $2,768.00

In addition, the City proposes to increase the Varied Rate to $1.35 per l,000 gallons of water or portion thereof used per user per month (the “Proposed Varied Rate”).

Commencing with the January 2022 billing, the City proposes to charge all users connected to the water system the sum of the Proposed Base Rate Charge plus the Proposed Varied Rate.

The City proposes to increase the Irrigation Hydrant Surcharge to $28.85 per month for the months of May through October.

For a residential user with a ¾ inch line using 3,000 gallons of water per month, the proposed monthly charge ($43.25 + $4.05 = $47.30) represents an increase of approximately 42% over the current monthly charge ($30.00 + $3.30 = $33.30). For a user with an unmetered irrigation hydrant, the proposed Irrigation Hydrant Surcharge represents an increase of approximately 44.25% over the current Irrigation Hydrant Surcharge.

A public hearing on the proposed rate increase was held on September 7, 2021, and another Public Hearing will be held on Tuesday, October 5, 2021 commencing at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom and in the Gymnasium (room 108) of City Hall, located at 306 E. Main Street, in East Helena, Montana. Further information about the proposed rate increase may be obtained by contacting Amy Thorngren, City Clerk-Treasurer, 306 E. Main Street, Room 103, East Helena, Montana 59635, phone: (406) 227-5321 or on the Public Notices page of the city’s website: easthelenamt.us. Written comments may be directed to the City Clerk, 306 East Main St., mailed to P.O. Box 1170, East Helena, Montana 59635, or emailed to cityclerk@easthelenamt.us. Written comments must be received by 4:00 p.m. October 5, 2021.

Done by Order of the Council of the City of East Helena, Montana, this 17th day of August, 2021.

ADA Notice: The City of East Helena is committed to providing access to persons with disabilities for its meetings in compliance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Montana Human Rights Act. The City will not exclude persons with disabilities from participation at its meetings or otherwise deny them the City’s services, programs, or activities. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations to participate in the City’s meetings, services, programs or activities should contact the City Clerk as soon as possible to allow sufficient time to arrange for the requested accommodation, at any of the following:

(406) 227-5321
TTY Relay Service 1-800-253-4091 or 711
cityclerk@easthelenamt.us
306 East Main Street, P.O. Box 1170, East Helena, MT 59635