Discussions Of Possible Utility Rate Increase In Burley


By Andrew Reed

Burley, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) If you live in the City of Burley, you could possibly see an increase on your water, garbage, and electricity bill soon.

City officials are exploring options on a possible rate hike.

"The city can't continue to support all of these increases without a small increase. All we are trying to do is break even with the increases that we are receiving,” said Mayor Merlin Smedley.

So, what would the increase look like?

"The electrical is about a 4.27%, and then 2-cents per thousand gallon for water usage and a 50-cent can increase on the garbage pickup.

Every two-years Bonneville Power reviews it's rates and submitted a proposal to the city of burley.

"Bonneville Power reviews the rates they charge us every two years. We face a possible increase every two years; there are no predictions of the rates going down in the future,” said Electrical Director Brent Wallin, City of Burley.

The city council has to approve the garbage, water, and electricity rate increase for that to go into effect this year.

If the council does not pass the increase, the city would use reserve funds.

"We would draw from those funds for a short time and would probably go until the end of the year or a few more months until the funds are depleted,” said Wallin.

City officials are still researching different options. It’s unknown at this time when the increase will be presented to the council.

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