M.U.D. Rates Will Go Up in January
OPPD Also Plans Rate Increase in 2013
Omaha, NE - Metropolitan Utilities District Customers will pay more for water and gas starting next month.
The M.U.D. Board of Directors voted Wednesday to raise customer rates; water will increase 5%, natural gas will increase 2.6%.
The company breaks down the increase like this: the average residential customer will pay an additional $13.03 a year for water. The average household increase for natural gas users will be $15.37.
M.U.D. expects to generate $9.5 million dollars with the additional revenue.
“The District needed to raise rates to cover operational costs in 2013, primarily related to rising employee costs, including wages, health care and retirement insurance expenses,” said M.U.D. Senior Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer Deb Schneider.
Schneider says despite moderate rate increases, M.U.D.'s natural gas and water rates remain below the national average and comparable to other utilities in the Midwest.
Later this month, the OPPD Board of Directors will vote on a 6.9 percent rate increase which would also take effect in January.