The Watertown Municipal Utility board has approved minimal increases in rates for next year. Adam Karst, who is the Director of Administration, updated the board at Friday's meeting saying that, even with the increases, Watertown still has some of the lowest rates in the region.
He says the city’s rate structure meets the board’s goal of ranking in the bottom third for utility expenses in Eastern South Dakota. Karst also talked about water rates.
Delinquent service fees will also be increasing five dollars for next year as will residential heating deposits from 200 to 250 dollars and residential non-heating from 75 to 100 dollars. Connect and disconnect charges will also increase by 5 dollars. The new rate structure will become effective January 1st of next year and were approved by the board last Friday.