8855 South 700 West, Sandy, Utah 84070      (801) 561-7662

Residential and Commercial Rate Increase

On Thursday, February 17, 2011, the Sandy Suburban Improvement District (SSID) Board of Trustees held a public hearing to hear comments on a proposed rate increase. Several members of the community attended and voiced concerns about increasing rates. All comments were welcome, both opposing and favorable, and many questions were answered. Following the hearing, the Board of Trustees passed the rate increase to be effective March 1, 2011.

The residential rate will be increased from $13.54 to $15.04 per month. This equates to a $3.00 increase for the bi-monthly billing cycle, or a total bill of $30.08 every two months. Commercial accounts will continue to be billed based on water usage using the new residential rate as the basis for the commercial rate. If you would like more information on the rate increase, please read the following which was posted prior to the public hearing.

The Sandy Suburban Improvement District ("District") has always had as its priority the provision of a highly-effective sewer system with the objective of offering residents the best customer service possible. Continued growth of the District, as well as increasing cost at the South Valley Water Reclamation Facility (treatment plant), have caused the cost of providing this service to increase in the past few years. We have tried diligently to operate the District with a minimum of rate increases and exercising conservative management with the District's resources. The District's Board of Trustees commissioned a Service Charge Study in order to evaluate and update the sewer service charge structure. Bowen Collins & Associates, Inc.'s research strongly recommends that the residential base rate be raised from $13.54 to $15.04 per month, to be effective March 1, 2011. The residential rate, or equivalent residential unit (ERU) amount, is the basis for calculating commercial accounts, which will be adjusted accordingly. You may click on the following link to read a copy of the Service Charge Study.

As you may know or recall, the District has only proposed rate increases three times in the last 25 years. Likewise, the District has not used its authority to increased property taxes in the last 30 years. On February 17, 2011, at 6:00 pm, the Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing and allow any interested person to speak for or against the proposed increase. We invite you to attend this hearing and hope that you will take time to help us by giving input to this important issue. Alternatively, you may telephone the District offices at 801-561-7662 or send an e-mail to billing@sandysid.com to express your views or questions.

Sandy Suburban Improvement District

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