MUNROE FALLS — The city is looking to increase its water rates by 15 percent after Cuyahoga Falls increased the amount it is charging to provide water to the municipality.

Cuyahoga Falls City Council approved a water rate increase for its customers in late November. Cuyahoga Falls Deputy Service Director Teresa Hazlett told Munroe Falls officials in a letter that Munroe Falls will now pay $3.28 for the first 20,000 cubic feet of water (up from $2.85) it receives from Cuyahoga Falls and $2.28 for any usage exceeding 20,000 cubic feet (up from $1.98). 

As a result, Munroe Falls Mayor James Armstrong said his city must increase its customers’ water rates so they are "commensurate with the increase [we received] from Cuyahoga Falls." When Munroe Falls City Council approved a water rate increase in August 2018, the legislation included language saying the city reserved the right to"adjust its water rates" to match future increases or decreases implemented by its water provider.

The proposed legislation, which will be on second reading at the next council meeting on Jan. 7, would: 

• increase the minimum monthly charge for an allowance of 2,000 gallons from $20.25 to $23.30 for residential and commercial properties;

• increase the charge for each 100 gallons beyond the initial 2,000 from 97 cents to $1.12 for residential and commercial properties; and

• have these rates be in effect from Jan. 20 through Dec. 19.

The proposal would also set up incremental increases for the subsequent three years.

Under the proposed legislation, the rates for residential and commercial properties from Dec. 20 through Dec. 19, 2021 would be $25.60 for 2,000 gallons and $1.31 for each additional 100 gallons beyond the initial 2,000.

From Dec. 20, 2021 through Dec. 19, 2022, the rates would be $26.75 for 2,000 gallons and $1.41 for each additional 100 gallons beyond the initial 2,000.

From Dec. 20, 2022 through Dec. 19, 2023, the rates would be $27 for 2,000 gallons and $1.47 for each additional 100 gallons beyond the initial 2,000.

Council’s next meeting is Jan. 7 at 7 p.m. in city hall, 43 Munroe Falls Ave.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.