[Ord. No. 679 Art. I, 4-5-2010; Ord. No. 679 amended Art. I, 2-20-2012]
It is determined and declared to be necessary and conducive to the protection of the public health, safety, welfare, and convenience of the City to collect charges from all users who use the City's water system. The proceeds of such charges so derived will be used for the purpose of operating, maintaining, and retiring the debt for such public water system.
[Ord. No. 679 Art. II, 4-5-2010; Ord. No. 679 amended Art. II, 2-20-2012]
Unless the context specifically indicates otherwise, the meaning of terms used in this Chapter shall be as follows:
- The City of Rogersville, Missouri.
- OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE
- All expenditures during the useful life of the system for materials, labor, utilities, and other items which are necessary for managing and maintaining the system to achieve the capacity and performance for which system was designed and constructed.
- Expenditures for obtaining and installing equipment, accessories, or appurtenances which are necessary during the useful life of the system to maintain the capacity and performance for which such works were designed and constructed. The term "operation and maintenance" includes replacement.
- RESIDENTIAL USER
- Any user of the City's water system whose lot, parcel of real estate, or building is used for domestic dwelling purposes only.
- Is mandatory; MAY — Is permissive.
- USEFUL LIFE
- The estimated period during which the treatment works will be operated.
- USER CHARGE
- That portion of the total water service charge which is levied in a proportional and adequate manner for the cost of operation, maintenance, and replacement of the water system.
- WATER METER
- A water volume measuring and recording device furnished and/or installed by the City or furnished and/or installed by a user and approved by the City.
- WATER SYSTEM
- Any devices, systems or personnel for the storage, treatment, recycling, transmission, and distribution of water. These include transmission and distribution lines, individual systems, pumping, power, and other equipment and their appurtenances; extensions, improvements, remodeling, additions, and alterations thereof; elements essential to provide a reliable water supply such as standby treatment units and any works, including site acquisition of land, that will be part of the treatment process.
- WINTER AVERAGE USE
- Average of winter quarter (January, February, March).
[Ord. No. 679 Art. III, 4-5-2010; Ord. No. 679 amended Art. III, 2-20-2012]
The user charge system shall generate adequate annual revenues to pay the costs of annual operation and maintenance including replacement and cost associated with debt retirement of bonded capital associated with financing the water system which the City may by ordinance designate to be paid by the user charge system. That portion of the total user charge which is designated for operation and maintenance including replacement of the water system shall be established by this Chapter.
That portion of the total user charge collected which is designated for the operation and maintenance including replacement purposes as established in Section 720.040 shall be deposited in a separate non-lapsing fund known as the Water Sewer Fund and will be kept in at least two (2) primary accounts as follows:
The operation and maintenance account shall be an account designated for the specific purpose of defraying operation and maintenance costs of the water system. Deposits in the operation and maintenance account shall be made at least monthly from the system revenue. The total annual amount deposited and added to any annual cash forward is equal to or greater than the City's annual water and sewer expenses.
The replacement account shall be an account designated for the purpose of ensuring replacement needs over the useful life of the water system. Deposits in the replacement account shall be made monthly from the system revenue in the amount of two thousand dollars ($2,000.00) and shall service replacement costs for both water and sewer needs.
Fiscal year-end balances in the operation and maintenance account and the replacement account shall be carried over to the same accounts in each subsequent fiscal year, and shall be used for no other purposes than those designated for these accounts. Monies which have been transferred from other sources to meet temporary shortages in the Operation, Maintenance, and Replacement Fund shall be returned to their respective accounts upon appropriate adjustment of the user charge rates for operation, maintenance, and replacement. The user charge rate(s) shall be adjusted such that the transferred monies will be returned to their respective accounts within the fiscal year following the fiscal year in which the monies were borrowed.
[Ord. No. 679 Art. IV, 4-5-2010; Ord. No. 679 amended Art. IV, 2-20-2012]
Each user shall pay for the services provided by the City based on their use of the water system as determined by water meter(s) acceptable to the City.
All monthly user charges will be based on monthly water usage.
(Reference is made to Appendix A of this Chapter, which is on file in the City offices.) The minimum charge per month shall be eight dollars ($8.00) for one thousand (1,000) gallons or less of water used. In addition, each user shall pay a user unit charge for operation and maintenance including replacement of four-tenths of a cent ($.0040) per gallon of water in excess of the initial one thousand (1,000) gallons as determined in the preceding Section.
The user charge rates established in this Chapter apply to all users of the City's system, regardless of the user's location. Users located outside of the City's limits shall pay one and one-half (1½) times the above rates.
[Ord. No. 679 Art. V, 4-5-2010; Ord. No. 679 amended Art. V, 2-20-2012]
All users shall be billed monthly. Billings for each month shall be made within thirty (30) days after the end of that month. Payments are due by the fifteenth (15th) day of the month following the use of the services. Any account which payment has not been received by 8:00 A.M. of the twenty-fifth (25th) day of the month following the use of the services is considered delinquent.
In the event any water and sewer user fails to pay his or her bill for monthly water and sewer charges after the same becomes due and payable, the user will be assessed a penalty of ten percent (10%) of the amount of such unpaid bill. The aforementioned penalty will be added to each delinquent bill for each thirty (30) days of delinquency. In the event any water and sewer account shall become delinquent in accordance with Subsection (A) above, water service shall be disconnected on the first (1st) business day of the month following the date of delinquency except that in the event the first (1st) business day of such month shall be Friday, then such services shall be disconnected on the second (2nd) business day of such month. Reconnection fees shall be paid by the customer.
[Ord. No. 679 Art. VI, 4-5-2010; Ord. No. 679 amended Art. VI, 2-20-2012]
The City shall review the user charge system annually and revise user charge rates as necessary to ensure that the system generates adequate revenues to pay the costs of operation and maintenance including replacement and that the system continues to provide for the proportional distribution of operation and maintenance including replacement costs among users.
The City will notify each user at least annually, in conjunction with a regular bill, of the rate being charged for operation and maintenance including replacement of the treatment works.