Residents will be paying an additional $2.61 a month for water, sewer, storm drainage and garbage service in Galt beginning this spring.
At Tuesday's regular meeting, the first of 2013, Galt City Council members approved a number of utility rate adjustments to maintain current system capabilities and move forward with capital improvement projects. Even with the increases, the annual utility bills for a single-family residence are still lower than neighboring Lodi and Elk Grove.
Tuesday's approval will also allow Public Works Director Steven Winkler to put into place similar rate hikes annually through 2017, so long as he provides notice to both the ratepayers and the city council 30 days beforehand.
The annual hikes are based on a formula using the Consumer Price Index set the previous fall.
The increases will go into effect annually on March 1. Customers were notified by inserts in their bills in December 2012.
A typical flat-rate customer will see a $1.70-per-month increase (68 cents for water, 85 cents sewer and 17 cents storm drainage) plus an additional 91 cents for a typical garbage collection service, including 64-gallon carts for both trash and recycling, and a 96-gallon green waste cart.
The water and sewer rate increases will go to pay for projects including replacing the Old Town water main and the Live Oak pump station.
The city council approved the series of annual rate increases this time last year, but they must be voted on annually.
In 2012, the city increased water and stormwater fees by 3.4 percent, but reduced sewage fees by 6.5 percent. Refuse fees also went up.