The City of Early takes pride in providing utility services to its citizens at the lowest possible rate, but as the operational costs have increased with inflation to the point that it was clear there was need to increase the utility base rate to our customers. Over the last five years, there have been increases by the Brown County Water Improvement District and increases to material on operational cost that we have absorbed in order to maintain our rates. As material costs have increased over the last 18 months by 300% we began surveying county and area rates. It was clear that the City of Early’s rates were far behind other utility providers.
In the 2021-2022 budget the Early City Council following staff recommendations increased the utility rates on water, sewer, and sanitation base rates while lowering the rates on water per 1000 gallon. The lower rates per 1000 gallon will diversify our expenditures over all utilities and should actually lower the bill for larger consumption customers such as restaurants, carwashes, and customers with lawn irrigation. While there will be a slight increase seen on customers’ bills, the City of Early remains lower than the area and county utility rates we surveyed. Raising utility rates is never a popular thing, but it was vitally important for us to do in order to pay increased operational costs and maintain a superior water, sewer, and sanitation service.
Year of Year Rate Comparisons
Below are a few utility bill comparisons of the 2021 rates as compared to the adopted rates beginning on the November 2021 utility bill.