City of Tonganoxie Newsletter - Fall 2019

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Mayor Ward

Curtis Oroke 913.845.2765 Term expires in 2020 Term expires in 2020

Lisa Patterson

Rocky Himpel Term expires in 2020 Term expires in 2022

Loralee Stevens

Dave Bennett Term expires in 2022 Term expires in 2022

Utility Billing Rate Changes

Using this report, the City Council had a clear evaluation tool that allows for reliable water and sewer service to continue, and ensures that the average users would not face drastic rate hikes. The new rate structure is based on water meter sizes and usage levels. The new rates will be reflected in the bills generated in early 2020. Additionally, the City and Honey Creek Disposal reached an agreement for a 2 year extension of trash and recycling pickup. While there is a slight increase, trash from $15 to $16/month and recycling from $4 to $4.50/month, these increases come after 12 years of no rate increases. Projected Total Utility Cost increases to users:

Earlier this year, the City desired to develop a formal rate structure for water and sewer rates. A rate structure is a set of causes that a utility firm uses to compute the consumer charges. In Tonganoxie, we desired to develop a rate structure which reflected the “cost of service.” This type of rate structure allows the utility provider an opportunity to recover the cost associated with providing the utility, and to allow for a reasonable amount to go into fund balance to prepare for high-cost infrastructure needs. To ensure that the process had the appropriate level of expertise and autonomy, the City hired a third party consultant to complete the Rate Study. As such, Carl Brown, President of, was selected. Carl has nearly 30 years experience in conducting rate studies, and is located in the metropolitan area. Carl immediately began work on a rate analysis. Ultimately, this analysis provides a sound basis in advising the Utility how to account for fixed, variable and capacity costs. The full report can be found online at:

Trash and recycling rate changes should be reflected in the December ’19 billing; water and sewer changes should be reflected February ‘20.


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