Utility Rates to Increase
On January 4, the Board of Trustees (BOT) passed two ordinances to increase the electric and wastewater service rates. The new rates will take effect 30 days after BOT approval, and will appear on utility bills 30 days after implementation.
The Town of Lyons' electric service provider, MEAN, has removed its seasonal rates and gone to one monthly rate for the entire year, resulting in overall higher costs for Lyons. For this structure, the base rate will remain the same, but the variable portion of the typical electric bill, averaged over a year, will increase by just over 10 percent. The recent Lyons 2016 budget assumes the winter rates will be raised to equal the current summer rates, so the increases will only affect bills for the months of October through May.
The Town's new wastewater treatment plant is finished, and now has over $300,000 in annuals loans for the next 20 years. The BOT found that the payments on the loan cannot be met without a corresponding increase in certain wastewater service fees. The proposal would keep usage rates the same, and raise the base rates by $6 to:
All consumers with flat rate Town-provided water service: $98.50
Residential consumers with metered Town-provided water service: $22.65
Residential consumers without metered Town-provided water service: $22.65
Nonresidential consumers with metered Town-provided water service: $22.65