CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday is slated to consider raising rates for utilities, trash collection and sewer services as officials struggle with the increased cost of materials and doing business.
Ron Davis, general manager of Burbank Water and Power, is proposing to raise water rates by 13.5%, which would pencil out to an additional $7 a month for the average residential customer.
Electrical rates would increase by 2.9%, or roughly $5 per month, beginning midyear. Higher-end users could expect an average raise of $10.
The proposals could meet a mixed reception on the dais. Councilman David Gordon earlier in the week called on his colleagues to give residents a temporary reprieve, even as his colleague Dave Golonski cited significant drivers for the increases, including cost and supply challenges and decreased demand, which means less revenue for the city departments.
"The practice that we take is to recover our costs — no more, no less — and do everything we can to minimize those costs," Golonski said. "And I think that's the prudent and smartest way to do it."