The Buckeye City Council voted in favor of a notice of intention to establish a new water fee so it can cover the associated costs of maintaining its water infrastructure.
During its council meeting Nov. 5, the Buckeye City Council voted in favor of Resolution No. 89-19, which will establish a new $3.05 water fee. This fee will help the city maintain its water services and infrastructure as well as further develop the economy.
Public Information Officer Annie DeChance said, “Water is what’s driving our economy here in the desert and we need to have a reliable infrastructure and water service in order to keep sustaining our growth.”
This proposed new water fee is a result of the regular comprehensive fiscal review of the water fund, DeChance said. Adding, it is needed to support repair and replacement of existing water systems.
DeChance said the city previously tried to bring forward a rate increase but was shut down and voted against, so now the council decided to pursue a flat fee instead.
Rather than increasing the water rate, with this new fee, every Buckeye resident will see an additional charge in their bill.
DeChance said investing in the water infrastructure is key because of how much residents rely upon it. With any decades-old infrastructure, it is important for a city, such as Buckeye, to begin its maintenance and upkeep.
“In order to do that, we need to repair and replace our current infrastructure, which is in various stages of aging and some of it reaching its useful life,” DeChance said.
The council will meet again, Tuesday, Jan. 7, to determine if the flat fee will be implemented or not.