Utility rates are on their way up for Fort Pierre customers starting in late January 2013.

The Fort Pierre City Commission gave second reading and passage to an ordinance updating rates as of Jan. 28.

“This is a modest increase,” Mayor Sam Tidball said.

Director of Public Works Brad Lawrence said Fort Pierre’s rates aren’t the highest or the lowest among utilities in the area, but more toward the low end than the high end.

“We’re still a pretty decent buy for the region,” he said.

Here’s what’s in store.

Electricity: Residential customers will pay a customer charge of $9 per month, plus an energy charge of $.0728 per kilowatt hour — up from $.0688 per kilowatt hour — plus an electric general surcharge of $.009.

Small commercial customers will pay a customer charge of $15 a month (single phase) or $20 per month (three phase) plus an energy charge per kilowatt hour of $.078, plus an electric general surcharge of $.009.

Large commercial customers will pay a customer charge of $28 per month, plus an energy charge of $.039 per kilowatt hour, plus a demand charge per kilowatt hour of $11.98. They’ll also pay the electric general surcharge of $.009. Customers whose usage exceeds 5,000 kilowatt hours in three or more months during a 12-month period will be placed in the large customer class for at least one year.

Water: Within city limits, customers will pay a base rate of $24.50 for up to 2,000 gallons — up from $23.50 — plus $1.75 per one thousand for 2,001 to 40,000 gallons; and $2 per one thousand above 40,000 gallons.

Outside city limits, customers will pay a base rate of $36.75 for up to 2,000 gallons, plus $1.75 per one thousand for 2,001 to 40,000 gallons; and $2 per one thousand above 40,000 gallons.

Wastewater: For residents in the city the cost will be $21 a month — up from $20  while residential customers outside the city will pay $31.50. Eighty-five cents of the charges collected will be committed as a wastewater surcharge to help repay a $216,000 Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund to be paid off over a period of no more than 30 years.

In addition each residence must pay $1.50 per 1,000 gallons, unchanged from the current ordinance.

Each non-residential user must pay a monthly minimum fee of $21 inside the city, or $31.50 outside, of which the same 85 cents will be collected as a wastewater surcharge; and also must pay $1.50 per 1,000 gallons.

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