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Cheyenne City Council increases water, sewer rates; approves $164.2M fiscal year 2023 budget

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Cheyenne water and sewer customers can expect to see a 5% increase in their rates and connection fees following City Council’s Monday action. After approving the increases, the council also approved the city’s total $164.2 million budget for fiscal year 2023.

The 5% cost of service adjustment, effective on use after Nov. 1, 2022, means the monthly water service fee for 5/8- and 3/4-inch meters will rise from $6.43 to $6.75. For 1-inch meters, the increase will be from $8.18 to $8.59. The largest meter size, 12 inch, will see a monthly service fee increase from $219.17 to $230.13, according to the new rate schedule.

The increase also affects water volume rate charges, with the first 6,000 gallons of residential use increasing from $4.64 per 1,000 gallons to $4.90. The next 18,000 gallons will increase in price from $5.73 per 1,000 gallons to $6.05.

Commercial and industrial customers will see a water rate increase from $5.33 per 1,000 gallons to $5.60.

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Sewer monthly service fees for 5/8- and 3/4-inch meters are rising from $5.49 to $5.76. The 1-inch meter size fee is going from $6.37 to $6.69. Twelve-inch meters will see the fee increase from $94.32 to $99.04.

Volume rate changes for residential sewer customers will rise from $5.41 per 1,000 gallons to $5.67. For commercial customers, the increase will be from $5.41 to $5.78 while industrial customers will see an increase to $5.82.

Connection fees also will increase as outlined on page 9 of the attached document.

In brief discussion before the new rate schedule was approved, Ward III Councilmember Richard Johnson asked Frank Strong, Engineering & Water Resource Division manager for Cheyenne Board of Public Utilities, if the board would return mid-year to seek another increase because of inflationary pressure. Strong said no, but the board would seek another analysis in a year to see the impact of inflation.

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“I would not anticipate a mid-year comeback. We will do an evaluation and present with you at the next budget cycle like we always do,” Strong said.

In other business Monday, the council approved its FY 2023 budget. It totals more than $164.2 million, and includes $59.6 million for the General Fund.

The general fund budget is balanced at $59,636,705, up more than $5.7 million over the fiscal year 2022 budget. The city operates on a July 1-June 30 fiscal year.

In May, after an overview of the budget, meetings took place to discuss the budget for such offices as the Mayor’s office, Treasurer’s Office, City Attorney’s Office, and more. Discussion also took place regarding the budgets for the Animal Shelter and Downtown Development Authority budgets, Engineering Division and Planning DevelopmentPublic Works, and Recreation and Events.

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