Mayor Cindy Rosenthal said she fears there will be a strong “no” vote on the sewer rate increase if that money is not used to offset the cost. The use of the $5.7 million will make about a 40 to 50 cent difference on the average residential customer’s monthly bill.
All of the rate increase proposals under consideration would raise the average residential bill about $3 per month. A commercial customer using 4,000 gallons per month would see an increase of about $7 per month without the use of the Sewer Sales Tax fund and about $6 per month if the fund is used.
Norman resident Jeanette Coker asked about University of Oklahoma’s sewer rates.
Norman Utilities Director Ken Komiske said the university pays the same commercial rate other businesses pay, but for OU, Norman meters wastewater.
“Listening to this, it seems like you should ask yourself, what do you need to make a profit and get into the black,” former council member Roger Gallagher said. “It’s got to break even or go into the black. We need to operate efficiently.”