Residents of the City of Converse,
In 2019, the City of Converse hired a consultant to complete a utility rate study and after that study was presented to city council, the Council adopted a schedule that provides an annual increase every year which began in 2020 and goes through 2025. The rate increase takes effect each 1st of October, which is the beginning of the fiscal year and this year the rates will go up 5%, not the fabricated percentage and misinformation being shared in the social media posts. However, the San Antonio River Authority did raise their rates for sewage treatment which we collect and pass on to SARA, which could show an increase. However, the rates are based on the usage. Below is a snapshot of what is compiled in a rate component:
Typically, billing of water services are in a structure that consists of a minimum bill and a volumetric component. The intention of the minimum bill is to recover the basic costs associated with providing service to the customer, regardless of the volume of the water utilized. The bill structure usually recovers a high percentage of the utility’s fixed costs to ensure the utility some degree of revenue stability. Minimum bills are a fixed monthly fee. The second component of the rates is a volumetric charge. This charge is based on the amount of water utilized by the customer and may fluctuate based on actual customer usage.
In the Spirit of Excellence!
Ronnie J. Guest Jr., MBA
City of Converse, Texas
Office: (210) 658-5356