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Legislation #: 070255 Introduction Date: 3/1/2007
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: None
Title: Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City entitled “Water” by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-10, and 78-24, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like subject matter adjusting charges for water service; and establishing an effective date.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
2/27/2007 Filed by the Clerk's office
3/1/2007 Referred to Finance and Audit Committee
3/7/2007 Hold On Agenda (3/21/2007)
3/21/2007 Advance and Do Pass, Debate
3/22/2007 Passed as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR ORDINANCE NO. 070255

 

Amending Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City entitled Water by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-10, and 78-24, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like subject matter adjusting charges for water service; and establishing an effective date.

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 78 of the Code of Ordinances of Kansas City, Missouri, entitled Water, is hereby amended by repealing Sections 78-6, 78-10, and 78-24, and enacting in lieu thereof new sections of like subject matter, to read as follows:

 

Section 78-6. General meter rate.

 

For all metered water purchased for use wholly and exclusively within the City by any customer the total charge shall be the sum of the service charge and the commodity charge as follows:

 

(1) Service charge. The service charge is a charge per meter to cover, in part, the cost of meter reading, meter maintenance, billing, collecting, accounting services and readiness to serve the customer, and shall be prorated per day during the billing period and shall apply whether or not any water is used; the service charge shall be based on meter size and billing frequency as follows:

 

METER SIZE

BILLED MONTHLY

BILLED BI-MONTHLY

(INCHES)

 

 

 

 

 

5/8

$ 9.00

$ 13.36

3/4

9.50

14.70

1

12.00

19.00

1-1/2

18.00

31.82

2

23.50

43.45

3

50.50

96.50

4

63.00

122.00

6

92.50

180.50

8

142.00

280.00

10

195.00

386.00

12

227.00

451.00

 


(2) Commodity charge. The commodity charge shall be based on the total volume of water purchased by the customer, whenever possible in the billing system, as shown by all water meters connected to one or more water systems serving contiguous properties of the customer, where such properties are managed as a single enterprise that is not separated by a public thoroughfare, and shall be as follows per month for metered water:

 

a. Ordinary commodity charge.

 

First 600 cubic feet at $1.86 per 100 cubic feet

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $2.07 per 100 cubic feet

Next 995,000 cubic feet at $1.79 per 100 cubic feet

Over 1,000,000 cubic feet at $1.32 per 100 cubic feet

 

b. Seasonal off-peak commodity charges. For industrial customers with peak demand in the winter season:

 

All usage at $1.32 per 100 cubic feet;

 

The Director of Water Services is hereby authorized to promulgate regulations to be used for determining the applicability of this subsection.

 

(3) Definitions (as used in this section).

 

a. Commercial and industrial customers shall refer to all water service accounts other than one- and two-family dwellings.

 

b. Month or Monthly shall refer to a time period of 30 days.

   

Section 78-10. Suburban meter rate.

 

(a) For any and all water purchased wholly or partially for use outside the City by any customer, a total charge consisting of a service charge, a commodity charge, a re-pumping charge where applicable, shall be computed for each billing period and shall be as follows:

 

(1) Service charge. A service charge, prorated per day during the billing period based on meter size, with such charge to be applied whether or not any water is used, shall be charged as follows:


 

METER SIZE

BILLED MONTHLY

BILLED BI-MONTHLY

(INCHES)

 

 

 

 

 

5/8

$ 10.00

$ 14.08

3/4

10.50

15.92

1

12.50

19.60

1-1/2

18.50

32.44

2

24.00

44.10

3

52.50

101.50

4

66.00

128.00

6

97.00

189.50

8

144.00

282.00

10

201.00

399.00

12

235.00

466.00

 

The service charges as established in this subsection may be superseded by any contract between the city and any other public water supply which provides for an interchange agreement.

 

(2) Commodity charge. A commodity charge per month, based on the total volume of water purchased by the customer as shown by all water meters connected to one or more water systems serving the customers premises, shall be charged as follows:

 

a. Retail Customers. For customers purchasing water for use wholly by the customer:

 

First 600 cubic feet at $1.99 per 100 cubic feet

Next 4,400 cubic feet at $2.20 per 100 cubic feet

Over 5,000 cubic feet at $1.81 per 100 cubic feet

 

b. Wholesale Customers. For customers purchasing water for resale:

 

Unrestricted $1.33 per hundred cubic feet

Restricted $1.29 per hundred cubic feet

 

Wholesale Customers shall be classified as restricted or unrestricted based on water supply contract terms between the City and any other public water supply.

 

(3) Repumping charge. A repumping charge based on the quantity of purchased water repumped shall be charged to wholesale suburban customers only as follows:

 

a. From the pumping station at 75th and Holmes Street; from the pumping station at Highway AA near the Village of Waukomis in Platte County, Missouri; from the Blue Ridge Pumping Station at 67th Street and Blue Ridge Extension; from the pumping station at Englewood Road and North Oak Trafficway; from Arrowhead Pumping Station at NE 75th and Arrowhead Trafficway, and from the South Terminal Pump Station at Ward Rd and Persells, per 100 cubic feet, $0.11.

 

b. From the pumping station at 131st Street and Prospect Avenue; from the High Grove Road Pumping Station, and from the Platte County Booster Pump Station at Camden Point Highway E and Interurban Road, per 100 cubic feet, $0.23.

 

(b) Definition.

 

(1) The term Month or Monthly, as used in this section shall refer to a time period of 30 days.

 

(c) Applicability. Rates set forth in this section may not be applicable where such rates are established by existing or future contracts.

 

Sec. 78-14.1. Suit additional to other remedies.

 

(a) In addition to any and all remedies, by sale or otherwise, provided in the Charter and this chapter, the City shall have the power to enforce the collection of unpaid water, sanitary sewer and stormwater charges, with all interest, costs and penalties thereon, by suit brought in the name of the City in any court of competent jurisdiction.

 

(b) Ten percent of the amount of the judgment shall be added as costs in every proceeding for the collection of delinquent charges under this chapter, to be added and collected in the same manner as other costs in the case.

 

Section 78-24. Water meters generally 

 

(a) Ownership; installation. All water meters installed for original service for any premises shall be city owned meters installed and connected at the expense of the owner of the premise served. The connection charge shall be based on the current price of the meter installed and related appurtenances plus the current cost of such setting. Appurtenances include but are not limited to all components necessary for the reading and transmission of usage.

 

(b)   Maintenance and replacement.  All water meters shall be maintained and replaced in accordance with section 78-25. 

 

(c)   Authority of Water Services Department.  The Water Services Department may purchase meters for resale to prospective consumers and may prescribe conditions under which meters may be purchased elsewhere for installation on services connected to Water Services Department mains. 

 

(d)   Determination of consumption when remote register does not operate properly.  If the remote register does not operate properly, the reading on the actual meter located inside the premises shall determine the consumption on which the water and sewer commodity charges are computed. 

 

(e)   Inaccessible meters.  Customers who do not make meters accessible for reading during normal working hours over a period in excess of one year will be required to pay any difference between the meter and the outside recording device, either a remote register or a touch pad. 

 

Section 2. This ordinance shall become effective May 1, 2007.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

______________________________

Cecilia OConnor Abbott

Assistant City Attorney