Sewer rate hike could hit Denver residents soon

Posted at 6:38 PM, May 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-04 21:59:11-04

A proposed rate increase for storm drainage and sanitary fees could take effect as early as July, and Denver homeowners could see a rate increase averaging around $23 per year over the next five years.

On Wednesday, a council committee voted to delay any decision until they learn more information. Another meeting on the issue is set for May 18.

"This rate increase is going to allow us to do many things, it’s going to allow us to improve water quality, it’s going to allow us to address city-wide drainage needs," said Nancy Kuhn, a spokesperson for Denver Public Works (DPW).

Denver residents spoke during public comment and voiced their concerns about the rate increase and ties to a controversial flood control project.

The Platte to Park Hill measure would receive $206 million in funds. The project involving the City Park Golf Course is being opposed by a group because of its ties to the I-70 expansion.

"Really provides no benefit to Park Hill, nor Cole, nor Clayton and yet it causes harm in some of those communities. It will do great damage to the City Park Golf Course," said Steve Kinney, a resident and local realtor.

Wastewater projects are way behind to the tune of $1.5 billion, according to DPW. City officials say aging infrastructure needs have to be addressed. A rate increase would allow Denver to increase stormwater spending from $20 million to $30 million per year.

If the hike is approved, it could go into effect as early as July 1. The city is weighing options for families who might need assistance paying for the increase.


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