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2018 Water and Sewer Rate Information

Posted by Dan Porter at Mar 05, 2018 08:20 AM |

2018 Utility Rate Information

Beginning with the March 2018 utility billing, residents may notice that their utility rates have slightly increased. The table below outlines the change in rates from 2017 to 2018:

Billing Item

2017 Rate

2018 Rate


Minimum usage: $11.13

Each additional 1,000 gallons: $5.54

Minimum usage: $11.46

Each additional 1,000 gallons: $5.70


0 – 1,000 gallons: $17.29

Each additional 1,000 gallons: $4.46

0 – 1,000 gallons: $17.81

Each additional 1,000 gallons: $4.59


$15.00 per month

$15.00 per month


$4.00 per month

$4.00 per month

Extra Container

$3.00 per month

$3.00 per month

Debt Service

$11.50 per month

$11.50 per month

Fire Department

$3.00 per month

$3.00 per month




What changed from 2017 to 2018?

Both the water and sewer rates saw an increase of 3% as planned during the development of the fiscal year 2018 budget, which was adopted on August 7, 2017. Ordinance 1429, which enacted the adjustment to water and sewer rates, was passed and approved by the City Council on December 4, 2017. The ordinance was published in the Tonganoxie Mirror on December 20, 2017 and the first billing cycle to reflect the rate change is March 2018.

Why is it necessary to increase water and sewer rates?

The City of Tonganoxie is responsible for providing safe and reliable drinking water to our residents 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The annual planned rate increase of 3% will help the City keep pace with increasing water supply and wastewater treatment costs, as well as the costs associated with maintenance and replacement of critical utility equipment.

How will my utility bill be impacted?

Depending on the amount of gallons of water utilized per month, a customer should see only a slight increase in their monthly utility bill. Assuming the customer receives water, sewer, and trash service from the City and does not have an extra container or participate in curbside recycling, the impact on the utility bill will be as follows:


2017 Utility Bill

2018 Utility Bill

Minimum user



2,000 Gallon User



3,000 Gallon User



4,000 Gallon User



5,000 Gallon User



10,000 Gallon User



15,000 Gallon User



The Tonganoxie City Council is committed to keeping utility rates fair and reasonable for our residents, and city staff is always looking for ways to reduce costs and maximize efficiencies. To learn more about the City’s budget, please visit

For questions related to your utility bill, please call City Hall at (913) 845-2620 or email