Commerce residents to experience utility rate hike

Commerce – The City of Commerce is set to raise its water and wastewater rates, effective next month.

The rate change is based on a ten year study conducted in 2009 that enacts a staggered rate increase over that time.

Interim City Manager Marc Clatyon says the average customer will see a total increase of $4.18 to their monthly water and wastewater bill ($1.22 water increase, $2.96 wastewater increase). He says the average customer uses between 6,000 to 7,000 gallons of water each month.

The City also enacted a rate increase last year, which falls in line with the 10-year study proposed in 2009.

City officials say the fee increase will also help pay for a new water line which feeds the City's main supply from Lake Tawakoni. According to Clayton, the line is over 30 years old and undergoes consistent maintenance.

The new water and wastewater rates go into effect April 20.