That’s according to the Post-Journal, which says the BPU passed its 2018 solid waste budget on Monday.
The budget includes a rate increase for customers who live outside of the city while the rate for city residents will stay the same.
The new rate for outside of the city customers will be $27.50, with a $10.50 credit for recycling at least once during the billing period.
The rate for city solid waste customers will remain $21 in 2018, with a $10.50 credit for recycling at least once during the billing period. The proposed change will increase BPU solid waste revenues by $40,000.
The BPU also passed its 2018 district heating budget with no increase to the schedule of rates. However, there will be an increase in the fuel adjustment charge, which will take place the beginning of November and will impact December’s bill.
The board also discussed the preliminary budget for the water division and the electric division. The water division is proposing a 4 percent rate increase for 2018. The water division and waste water division budget will be reviewed and acted on during the BPU’s November 20 meeting.
Meanwhile, the electric division won’t see any rate increase in 2018, although the board indicated it will make a request with the state Public Service Commission to increase electric rates by 3.5 percent in 2019.