Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - January 28, 2014
January 28, 2014 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #39

Resolution R-14-15 Water and Wastewater Rates, Fees and Charges


Contact and/or Presenter Information

C. Mike Gore, Director, Utilities

Bev Chiotti, Fiscal Service Manager, Utilities

Action Requested
Adoption of Resolution R-14-15

Enabling/Regulating Authority
Section 125.01, Florida Statutes, Chapters 153 and 159, Florida Statutes, Chapter 63-1598, Laws of Florida, as amended, Chapter 2-31, Article IV, Manatee County Code of Ordinances.

Background Discussion

The resolution has been amended as follows:

Section 2. Security deposits (pages 3-4)

·         A review of security deposits identified the need for an increase in the residential service deposit for four meter sizes.  The 5/8” meter which serves the vast majority of residential customers is not proposed to change.  There are no changes to master meter or commercial deposits.  (Detail follows)

·         Language has been simplified to allow for a security bond in lieu of cash deposits exceeding $2,000.

·         The 2 inch temporary use meter is being eliminated and replaced with the 3 inch.  As such, the security deposit is increased from $650 to $900 to reflect the higher size and additional water usage.

Section 6.  Fire service fees and charges (page 8)

·         The minimum cost to have a fire hydrant installed in county right-of-way is increased from $4,000 to $5,000.  This language has not changed since 1999 and the actual cost is always above $5,000.  Since the installation charge is either the minimum or actual cost, the unreasonably low minimum is not appropriate and sends a false message of the anticipated actual cost.

Section 8.  Miscellaneous fees and charges (pages 10-11)

·         Miscellaneous fees were evaluated historically and in comparison to neighboring communities.  The fee structure is adjusted with some fees eliminated, others added and some increased to reflect updated costs and operating practices.  (Detail Follows)

Section 9.  Monthly retail customer base charges (page 13)

·         The rate for temporary use meters now applies to a three (3) inch meter, rather than two (2) inch.  The two inch meter is discontinued.                                                 


Security Deposit Detail


Meter  Residential Fire Line Master
Size Current Proposed Commercial Irrigation Meter
5/8"  $  150.00  $    150.00  $        200.00  $  100.00  $   270.00
3/4"      175.00        200.00            300.00      150.00       300.00
1"      195.00        275.00            600.00      300.00       600.00
1.5"      300.00        440.00            900.00      450.00       900.00
2"      425.00        440.00        1,200.00      600.00    1,200.00


Miscellaneous Fees and Charges Detail

  Current Proposed
(a) Service charges for delinquent accounts
(1) Potable water and reclaimed water turn-on/unlock meter  $            30.00  $           50.00
(2) Late payment fee (failure to pay current bill by due dates) 2.0% 2% min. $5.00
(b) Service charges for non-delinquent accounts
(1) Turn-on or account activation *  $                   -    $           25.00
(c.) Service charges for all accounts
(1) Install or move temporary use (hydrant) meter                30.00               30.00
(2) No read charge (temporary use meter)              100.00             100.00
(3) Cut and plug potable water or wastewater line  **                       -    Actual Cost 
(4) Reconnect potable water or wastewater line  **                       -    Actual Cost 
(5) Reinstall meter                50.00               50.00
(6) Decrease in meter size                30.00               30.00
(7) Meter test (only if meter does not exceed AWWA standards)                30.00               50.00
(8) Broken assembly/lock/tag                40.00               50.00
(9) Broken or damaged meter  (Actual cost plus:)                30.00               50.00
(10) Installation of radio frequency meter  (Actual cost plus:)                30.00               50.00
(11) Remove obstruction to read or maintain meter (Actual cost plus:)                30.00               50.00
(12) Unauthorized use or meter tampering                70.00             100.00
(13) Repair of damages caused by other parties Actual Cost Actual Cost
(14) Research Actual Cost Actual Cost
(15) Field Trip  ***                       -                 30.00
* This is a new charge, recognizing the cost to establish service.
** The ordinance previously and currently, enables this charge (Enforcement section), but it was not included in the resolution.
*** This is a new charge, recognizing the cost of operations.
Eliminated From Fees and Charges:
1.) Maintenance or repair of private system - Actual Cost - Enabling language is in the ordinance.
2.) All references to backflow device testing or repair were moved to the cross connection resolution.
3.) Turn-off or lock meter - eliminated.  Propose only  to charge turn-on or unlock the meter.
4.) Pull meter - eliminated.  Propose only charging to reinstall a meter.

County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
The County Attorney's Office wrote this Resolution.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please return a copy to:  Beverly.chiotti@mymanatee.org

Thank you.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Utility Rates. Resolution R-14-15.pdf
Attachment:  Notice of Public Hearing - Resolution R-14-15.pdf