For the first time since the beginning of the utility, the city of Johnston will see an increase in the city’s storm water utility rate.
The Johnston city council approved the utility rate increase at the city council meeting on Jan. 6.
The reason behind the rate increase was due to an aging system, rising construction costs and the drastic weather effects on the storm water system, according to the city.
The city will increase the storm water utility rate by 50-cents per ERU or Equivalent Residential Unit from the current price of $4.55 to $5.05.
The city said the average Johnston homeowner is expected to see an increase each year of $6 to $24 depending on the number of people living in a household. The average business is expected to see an increase of up to $240 each year.
The storm water utility rate increase is set to take effect on July 1.
For more information, visit the Johnston city website here.