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Rate Schedule

All Rates Effective May 1, 2019

There shall be applied an additional five percent (5%) rate equalization adjustment to all electric rate schedules for customers being served by the Washington municipal electric utility that are outside the Corporate limits of the City of Washington.

Residential Service (RS)
Commercial Service (CS)
General Service (GS)
Large Power Service (LP)
Municipal Service (MS)
Municipal Water Service (MWS)
Outdoor Lighting Service (OL)
Municipal Street Lighting Service (MSL)
Traffic Signal Service (TL)
Schedule of Water Rates & Charges
Appendix A -
Rate Adjustments
Appendix B -
Non-Recurring Charges 
Sewage Rates & Charges
Stormwater Rates & Charges

 


Residential Services (RS)

Availability

Available for single phase residential services, including residential lighting, residential space heating, household appliances, refrigeration, and cooking appliances, water heating, and small motors not exceeding five (5) horsepower for the largest motor, without prior approval from the Utility.

Character of Service

Alternating current, sixty Hertz, single phase at a voltage of approximately 120/240 volts three-wire.

Rate*

Residential Services (RS) (PER UNIT)
Inside Rate per KWH
Outside Rate per KWH
For the first 500 KWH $0.10799 $0.11339
For the next 1000 KWH $0.09749 $0.10236
For all above 1500 KWH $0.09057 $0.09510
Customer Charge per meter per month $4.20

$4.41


Minimum Charge

The minimum monthly charge shall be the Customer Charge.

* Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B


Commercial Services (CS)

Availability

Available through one meter to any customer for light and /or power purposes whose maximum load requirements do not exceed 100 kilowatts and where the customer is located on the Utility's distribution lines suitable for supplying the service requested.

Character of Service

Alternating current, sixty Hertz, at a standard single phase and/or polyphase voltage supplied by Utility in the locality for which the service is requested.

Rate*

Commercial Service (CS)(PER UNIT)
Inside Rate per KWH
Outside Rate per KWH
Energy Charge
For the first 1000 KWH $0.10775 $0.11314
For the next 4000 KWH $0.10289 $0.10803
For all KWH above 5000 KWH $0.09746 $0.10233
Customer Charge per meter per month $6.44 $6.76
Minimum Charge

The minimum monthly charge shall be the Customer Charge.

Special Terms and Conditions

A customer which has equipment installed having intermittent or violently fluctuating characteristics such as welders, cranes, etc. and which has combined input capacity in excess of 50 KVA, service will be permitted under this rate schedule, provided, however, that such service will be provided only through a separate transformer bank and with separate metering, and billed separately.

* Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B.


General Services (GS)

Availability

Availability. Available through 1 meter to any customer having a maximum load requirement of 100 kilowatts or more. Applicant must be located adjacent to the utility's distribution line that is adequate and suitable for supplying the service requested.

Character of Service

Alternating current having a frequency of 60 Hertz, a standard single- phase and/or poly-phase voltage supplied by utility in the locality for which the service is required, and furnished at a voltage which is standard with the utility in the area served.

Rate*

General Service (GS) (per unit)
Inside Rate per KWH
Outside Rate per KWH
Energy Charge
First 200 hours use of billing Maximum Load 0.05267 0.05530
Over 200 Hours use of Billing Maximum Load 0.03853 0.04046
Maximum Load Charge (monthly)  $17.28 $18.14
Minimum Charge

The minimum monthly charge shall be the Maximum Load Charge.

Measurement of Billing Maximum Load and Energy

Billing maximum load shall be measured by suitable instruments, and in any month, the billing maximum load shall be the average number of kilowatts in the 15-minute interval during which the energy metered is greater than in any other 15-minute interval in such month. For the purpose of billing, the Billing Maximum Load shall be the greater of the maximum load for the month or 100 kilowatts.

Energy shall be measured by suitable integrating instruments.

Metering Adjustment

If service is metered at a voltage greater than 480 volts, the billing maximum load and energy measurements shall be reduced by two (2%) to convert such measurements to the equivalent of metering at the Utility's secondary voltage.

*Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B.

Special Terms and Conditions

A customer which has equipment installed having intermittent or violently fluctuating characteristics such as welders, cranes, etc. and which has combined input capacity in excess of 50 KVA, service will be permitted under this rate schedule, provided, however, that such service will be provided only through a separate transformer bank and with separate metering, and billed separately.


Large Power Service (LP)

Availability

Available to any customer for large electric power service. Customer shall contract for a specified capacity of not less than 1,000 kilowatts and must be located adjacent to an electric distribution line of Utility that is adequate and suitable for supplying the service required

Character of Service

Alternating current having a frequency of sixty Hertz, and furnished at a voltage which is standard with the Utility in the area served..

Rate*

Large Power Service (LP) (Per Unit)
Inside Rate per KWH
Outside Rate per KWH
Energy Charge:
(In addition to the Maximum Load Charge)
$0.03664 $0.03847
Maximum Load Charge (Monthly) Each kilowatt of Billing Maximum Load  $20.82 $21.86
Minimum Charge

The minimum monthly charge shall be the Maximum Load Charge.

Measurement of Billing Maximum Load and Energy

Maximum load shall be measured by suitable instruments, and in any month, the maximum load shall be the average number of kilowatts in the 15-minute interval during which the energy metered is greater than in any other 15-minute interval in such month. For the purpose of billing, the Billing Maximum Load shall be the greater of the maximum load for the month or 1,000 kilowatts.
Energy will be measured by suitable integrating instruments

*Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B.

Special Terms and Conditions

A customer which has equipment installed having intermittent or violently fluctuating characteristics such as welders, cranes, etc. and which has combined input capacity in excess of 50 KVA, service will be permitted under this rate schedule, provided, however, that such service will be provided only through a separate transformer bank and with separate metering, and billed separately.


Municipal Service (MS)

Availability

Available for any light and/or power purpose of a metered municipal customer.

Character of Service

Alternating current, sixty Hertz, at a standard single phase and/or polyphase voltage supplied by Utility in the locality for which the service is requested.

Rate*

Municipal Service (MS) (PER UNIT)
Inside Rate per KWH
Outside Rate per KWH
Energy Charge: $0.08609 $0.09039
Customer Charge per meter per month $17.91

$18.81


Minimum Charge

The minimum monthly charge shall be the Customer Charge.

*Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B.


Municipal Water Service (MWS) 

Availability

Available for any metered light and/or power purpose for the City of Washington Water Utility.

Character of Service

Alternating current, sixty Hertz, at any standard distribution voltage supplied by Utility and available in the area to be served.

Rate*

Municipal Water Service (MWS) 
Inside Rate per KWH
Outside Rate per KWH
Energy Charge $0.08440 $0.08862
Customer Charge per meter per month $17.91 $18.81
Minimum Charge

The minimum monthly charge shall be the Customer Charge.

*Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B.


Outdoor Lighting Service (OL)

Availability

Available only for continuous year-round service for outdoor lighting to any customer located adjacent to an electric distribution line of Utility that is adequate and suitable for supplying the service requested.

Character of Service

Outdoor Lighting Service using lamps available under this rate schedule.

Rate*

Outdoor Lighting Service (OL) (PER UNIT)

Type of Lamp Rate per Lamp per Month
Inside Rate per KWH
Outside Rate per KWH
100 Watt HPS $8.64 $9.07
150 Watt HPS $7.18 $7.54
175 Watt MV/HPS/MH $8.64 $9.07
250 Watt MV/HPS/MH $9.36 $9.83
400 Watt MV/HPS/MH $12.89 $13.53
1000 Watt MV/HPS/MH $24.71 $25.95
43 Watt LED $5.16 $5.42
45 Watt LED $5.00 $5.25
65 Watt LED $5.47 $5.74
70 Watt LED $5.22 $5.48
95 Watt LED $6.39 $6.71
142 Watt LED $8.02 $8.42
157 Watt LED $8.30 $8.72
200 Watt LED $8.88 $9.32
300 Watt LED $12.74 $13.38
Hours of Lighting

All lamps shall burn approximately one-half hour after sunset until approximately one-half hour before sunrise each day in the year, approximately 4000 hours per annum.

Ownership of System

All facilities installed by Utility for service hereunder including fixtures, controls, poles, transformers, secondary lines, lamps and other equipment shall be owned and maintained by the Utility. All service and necessary maintenance will be performed only during regularly scheduled working hours of the Utility. Non-operative lamps will normally be restored to service within two working days after notification by customer.

When customer requests that a lamp be mounted on customers building or pole, customer shall waive any claim for damages caused by such installation and/or removal of secondary lamp support

*Subject to the provisions of appendices of A and B.

Additional Facilities

This rate schedule is based on lighting fixtures which can be installed on an existing distribution type wood pole or other supporting devise and served from existing secondary facilities, with not more than one span of secondary. If additional facilities are required to furnish service, the Utility will install, operate and maintain such facilities. The labor, materials and overhead cost of installation of such additional facilities and maintenance expense thereof shall be at the customers expense.


Municipal Street Lighting Service (MSL) 

Availability

Available for street lighting service within the corporate limits of the City of Washington, Indiana and in the Town of Montgomery, Indiana.

Character of Service

Municipal Street Lighting Service using lamps available under this schedule.

Rate*

Municipal Street Lighting Service (PER UNIT)
Type of Lamp Rate per Lamp per Month
Inside Rate
Outside Rate 
100 Watt HPS $9.32 $9.79
150 Watt HPS $7.61 $7.99
175 Watt MV/HPS/MH $9.32 $9.79
250 Watt MV/HPS/MH $12.47 $13.09
400 Watt MV/HPS/MH $12.94 $13.59
43 Watt LED $5.16 $5.42
45 Watt LED $5.00 $5.25
65 Watt LED $5.47 $5.74
70 Watt LED $5.22 $5.48
95 Watt LED $6.39 $6.71
142 Watt LED $8.02 $8.42
157 Watt LED $8.30 $8.72
200 Watt LED $9.20 $9.66
300 Watt LED $12.74 $13.38
Facilities

All facilities necessary for the service hereunder, including all poles, fixtures, street lighting circuits, transformers, lamps, and other necessary facilities will be furnished and maintained by the Utility.

Hours of Lighting

All lamps shall burn approximately one-half hour after sunset until approximately one-half hour before sunrise each day in the year, approximately 4000 hours per annum.

*Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B.


Traffic Signal Service (TL)

Availability

For service to the traffic signal system belonging to the City of Washington, the State of Indiana, or any other agency legally authorized to own, operate, and maintain a traffic signal system in conjunction with the regulation of traffic at controlled intersections of public streets or highways.

Character of Service

Alternating current, signal phase, sixty Hertz, at approximately 120 volts 2-wire, or 120/240 volts 3-wire.

Rate*

Municipal Street Lighting Service (MSL) (PER UNIT)
Type per month per signal
Inside Rate
Outside Rate
Traffic Signal $7.41 $7.78
Flasher Light $2.21 $2.32

*Subject to the provisions of Appendices A and B.


Water Rates & Charges 

Rates Effective May 1, 2019

For the use of and the service rendered by the waterworks of the city of Washington, Indiana, the following rates and charges, based upon the use of water supplied by said waterworks system during each monthly billing period.  Subject to a 14.3% surcharge for users outside the corporate limits of the City of Washington.

Meter Rates per month Per 100 Cubic Feet
  • For the first 1,000 cubic feet $6.34
  • For the next 9,000 cubic feet $5.59
  • For the next 20,000 cubic feet $4.03
  • For the next 70,000 cubic feet $2.45
  • All over 100,000 cubic feet $1.58
Minimum Charge

Each user shall pay a minimum charge in accordance with the size of meter installed, for which the user will be entitled to the quantity of water set in the metered schedule of rates.

Meter Size Minimum Cubic Feet Allowed Charge per Month
  • 1/2 - 5/8 inch meter 500 $31.70
  • 3/4 inch meter 966 $61.24
  • 1 inch meter 1,500 $91.35
  • 1 1/2 inch meter 1.850 $110.92
  • 2 inch meter 3,765 $217.96
  • 3 inch meter 8,717 $494.78
  • 4 inch meter 20,540 $991.26
  • 6 inch meter 55,130 $1,988.19
Sales for Resale (Daviess County Rural Water)

$1.81 per 100 cubic feet for any water usage that is equal to or less than 30 million gallons per month.  For any and all usage above 30 million gallons per month, the rate is $2.70 per 100 cubic feet.

Rural Fire Protection Surcharge

For each customer located outside the corporate limits of the City of Washington and within 1,000 feet of a hydrant:

  • Per Customer - per month $11.93
Fire Protection Service
  • Public Safety Fee $3.19
  • Private hydrants $1347.73 per year
Private fire protection (automatic sprinkler system)

Size of Connection Per Month:

  • 2 inch $99.19
  • 4 inch $198.19
  • 6 inch $297.28
  • 8 inch $396.40
  • 10 inch $495.43
Tapping Fees

Each user, at the time he is connected with the waterworks system shall pay a charge to cover the cost of tapping the main, furnishing and laying service pipe, corporation and stop cocks, service and meter box and installing the meter.

  • The charge for 5/8 inch meter tap shall be $550.00.

The charge for a meter larger than 5/8 inch shall be the actual costs, including materials, equipment and labor, but not less that the charge for a 5/8 inch meter.

Temporary Users

Water furnished to temporary users, such as contractors, circuses, etc., shall be charged on the basis of the above quantity rates as estimated by the waterworks superintendent.

Railroads

Water supplied for railroad use may be charged for on such terms as shall be fixed by contract approved by the Board of Works and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

Reconnection Fee

After any water service is discontinued to any property served by the water utility for any reason, whether at the request of the consumer or because of failure to pay sewer or water bills, there shall be imposed a fee of Fifty ($50.00) Dollars for turning on the water service.

Charge for Returned Checks

The City Utilities Department is authorized to collect an additional charge of Twenty ($20.00) Dollars for each check returned to the Department from its depository bank on account of insufficient funds, no account, or stopped payment. The Department is further authorized to add the charges to the billing of the customer who delivers the check to the Department.


APPENDIX A | Rate Adjustments 

The Rate Adjustments shall be on the basis of a Purchase Power Cost Adjustment Tracking Factor occasioned solely by changes in the cost of purchased power and energy, in accordance with the Order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, approved on December 13, 1989 in Cause No. 36835-S3 as follows:

Rate Adjustments applicable to the below listed Rate Schedules are as follows:

Effective: 
October, November, December 2019

  • Residential - Rate RS
    -$(0.000951)per KWH
     
  • Commercial - Rate CS
    -$(0.001021) per KWH
     
  • General Power - Rate GS
    -$(0.350446) per KW
     
  • General Power - Rate GS
    -$0.000043 per KWH
     
  • Large Power - Rate LP
    -$(0.272046) per KW
     
  • Large Power - Rate LP
    -$0.000026 per KWH
     
  • Municipal - Rate MS
    -$(0.000787) per KWH
     
  • Municipal Water - Rate MWS
    -$(0.001133) per KWH

APPENDIX B | Non-Recurring Charges 

  • Reconnect Fee Light $50.00 /After Hours $100.00
  • Reconnect Fee Water $50.00 /After Hours $100.00
  • Temporary Service Fee $50.00
  • Tap-on fee Residential - Electric $500
  • Tap-on fee Commercial - Electric $1,000
  • Tap On Fee Water 5/8" - $550.00
  • Tap On Fee Water Others at Cost
  • Tap On Fee Wastewater Residential - $200.00
  • Tap on Fee for Wastewater at Cost
  • Subdivision Developer Fee $1,00 per lot
  • Aid in Construction Fee TBD
  • Pole Setting Light $50.00
  • Meter Test Light $25.00
  • Meter Test Water $25.00
  • Meter Tampering Charge $100
  • Bad Check Fee All Utilities $20.00
  • Penalty for Late Payment Light 10% of Total
  • Penalty for Late Payment Water 10% of Total
  • Penalty for Late Payment Wastewater 10% of Total
  • Penalty for Late Payment Stormwater 10% of Total
  • Penalty for Late Payment Trash 10% of Total
  • Customer Deposits Light - 1st Meter $100.00
  • Customer Deposits Light - additional Meters $100.00
  • Customer Deposits Light - Commercial $150.00
  • Customer Deposits Water - Residential $100.00
  • Customer Deposits Water - Commercial $150.00
  • Service Call (non-emergency) - $25.00 / Job Cost

Meter Deposits are doubled if customer has poor payment history with WMU

  • Landlord deposits $25.00
  • Landlord deposits with poor standing $100.00

Sewage Rates & Charges 

SCHEDULE OF PRESENT RATES AND CHARGES

Monthly Flow Rate, Per 100 Cubic Feet
Per 100 cubic feet of usage per month $6.21
Monthly Base Charge, Per Meter Size
5/8 - 3/4 Inch Meter $20.68
1 Inch Meter $30.00
1 1/2 Inch Meter $50.63
2 Inch Meter $76.70
3 Inch Meter $157.58
4 Inch Meter $263.32
6 Inch Meter $580.59
Un-metered Users
Single Family Residence (656 cubic feet) $61.42
Street Department  $4,472.18
Additional Dwelling Unit

$6.76

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Stormwater Rates & Charges

FEES

§ 53.30 STORMWATER USER’S FEE ESTABLISHED.

   (A)   There shall be imposed on each and every property in the city, except exempt property, a stormwater user's fee, which shall be set from time to time by ordinance or resolution, and in manner and amount prescribed by this section.

   (B)   Prior to establishing or amending user's fees, the municipality shall provide notice pursuant to I.C. 36-9-23-26.

(Ord. 15-2004, passed 9-13-2004)

§ 53.31 EQUIVALENT RESIDENTIAL UNIT (ERU).

   (A)   Establishment.  There is established for purposes of calculating the stormwater user's fee the equivalent residential unit (ERU).

   (B)   Definition.  One ERU is the average square footage of a detached single family’s impervious surface area for residential property set at 2558 sq. ft.

   (C)   Setting the ERU.  The ERU shall be set by the City Council from time to time by ordinance or resolution.  Subject to a future ordinance or resolution the ERU for Washington, Indiana is hereby set at 2,558 square feet.

   (D)   Source of ERU. The City Council shall have the discretion to determine the source of the data from which the ERU is established, taking into consideration the general acceptance and use of the source on the part of other stormwater systems, and the reliability and general accuracy of the source.  The utility shall have the discretion to determine the impervious surface area through property tax assessor’s rolls or site examination, mapping information, aerial photographs, and other reliable information.

 

§ 53.32  PROPERTY CLASSIFICATION FOR STORMWATER’S USER’S FEE.

   (A)   Property classifications.  For purposes of determining the stormwater user's fee, all properties in the city are classified into 1 of the following classes:

  1. Residential Property

      (2)   Non-residential Property

    (3)  Exempt Property

 

   (B)   User fee determination.  All owners of real property in the City of Washington shall be charged a stormwater fee based on Section 53.32(C) below.

   (C)   Initial billing.

      (1)   All property classifications except exempt property shall be billed for 1 equivalent residential unit (ERU).  As rapidly as resources allow, the utility shall make a determination as to the multiple of ERUs to be assigned to each property classification except exempt property. The determination shall be made in categories based on customer classifications, in the following order:

         (a)   Residential

         (b)   Non-residential    

         (c)   Exempt 

      (2)   Once the determination of multiples has been substantially completed for each individual category listed above, each and every property in that category shall be billed according to their actual number of ERUs.

   (D)  Residential fee.  The City Council finds that the intensity of development of most parcels of real property in the municipality classified as residential is similar and that it would be excessively and unnecessarily expensive to determine precisely the square footage of the improvements (such as buildings, structures, and other impervious areas) on each parcel.  Therefore, all single-family residential properties in the city shall be charged a flat stormwater user fee, equal to the base rate, regardless of the size of the parcel or the improvements.

   (E)   Non-residential property fee. The fee for non-residential property in the municipality shall be the base rate multiplied by the numerical factor obtained by dividing the total impervious area (square feet) of the property by 1 ERU or 2558sq.ft.  The minimum stormwater user fee for non-residential property shall equal the base rate for residential property. The maximum user fee for a parcel block owned by the same entity is $75. Users will be billed for each non-contiguous parcel block they own.

      (F)   Exempt property.  There shall be no stormwater user's fee for exempt property.

(Ord. 15-2004, passed 9-13-2004)

§ 53.33  BASE RATE.

   The City Council shall, by ordinance or resolution, establish the base rate for the stormwater user's fee.  The base rate shall be calculated to insure adequate revenues to fund the costs of stormwater management and to provide for the operation, maintenance, and capital improvements of the stormwater system in the city.  Subject to a future ordinance or resolution the City Council sets the base rate for 1 ERU at $4.25 per month.

(Ord. 15-2004, passed 9-13-2004)

§ 53.34  ADJUSTMENTS TO STORMWATER USER’S FEES.

   The Stormwater Utility shall have the right on its own initiative to adjust upward or downward the stormwater user's fees with respect to any property. Non- Exempt property ERU calculations are based on Daviess county assessor’s information and will be checked on an annual basis, and changes will be based on that information.

§ 53.35  PROPERTY OWNERS TO PAY CHARGES.

   The owner of each non-exempt parcel or parcel block shall pay the stormwater user's fees and charges as provided in this chapter. Owners of rental property may provide for the renter to pay the fee; however, the property owner shall be responsible for failure of the renter to pay the user fee.

(Ord. 15-2004, passed 9-13-2004; Am. Ord. 23-2005, passed 1-9-2006)

§ 53.36  BILLING PROCEDURES AND PENALTIES FOR LATE PAYMENTS.

   The stormwater user’s fee shall be billed monthly, and all provisions of the Indiana Code, City of Washington Ordinances, and Wastewater Utility’s rules, regulations and standards of service which apply to the payment and collection of rates and charges for wastewater service, shall apply equally to the rates and charges for stormwater utility’s services.

(Ord. 15-2004, passed 9-13-2004; Am. Ord. 23-2005, passed 1-9-2006)

 

§ 53.37  APPEALS OF ERU DETERMINATION.

   (A)   If, in the opinion of any user, the ERU assigned to the user’s real estate parcel is inaccurate, the user shall have the right to contest the ERU determination and thus the stormwater fee assessed in accordance with the provisions contained in this section.

  (B) The user shall obtain and complete a “Petition to Appeal Stormwater Assessment” form and file same with verifiable documentation supporting user’s claim. Said form shall be filed in the city utility office. The utility will have 30 days to investigate the users claim and shall render a written decision that either the original ERU determination and assessment should be affirmed, or that the user’s rate should be adjusted.

  (C) The determination made by the utility shall be forwarded by mail. The user shall have 15 days from date of receipt to request reconsideration if dissatisfied with the decision of the utility. Said request shall be made in writing and directed to the Board of Public Works and Safety of the City of Washington.

  (D) The Washington Board of Public Works and Safety shall conduct a hearing to determine and resolve the dispute based on the documentation submitted and oral testimony. The Board shall issue a determination which shall be binding upon the city and the user. Any user aggrieved by the Final Board determination shall have the right to judicial review of such determination in accordance with Indiana law.

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