Rates, Fees, and Charges

As a public utility, the BGJWSC must annually develop a balanced budget based on a set rate structure, present that budget and rate table for review by the public in town hall meetings, and then the board of commissioners must vote to accept the budget and rates before the fiscal year begins on July 1 of each year.

The presently adopted rate resolution is available here:
Rate Resolution FY 2017-18 – Executed Copy – Posted July 7, 2017

A brief explanation of some of these charges will follow based on frequently asked questions.

Administration Fee – This is the fee assessed to each customer on each monthly statement for the cost to provide for the fixed expenses of the agency, known in the business world as overhead costs, and encompasses any day-to-day expenses that we face regardless of the amount billed for water and/or sewer operational expenses. The administration fee is broken down into both a water and sewer component as the rates are calculated based on a total number of customers that have water but not sewer service, sewer but not water service, or both water and sewer service.

Debt Service Fee – This is each customer’s portion of a repayment towards bonds issued in the past, much like a large loan, to accomplish funding a large repair or replacement project on existing infrastructure that serves existing customers.  This debt is taken on by the agency and paid back over the course of 20 to 30 years in some cases.  A debt service fee is not related in any way to balances on closed service accounts as that balance is the responsibility of the account holder.

Volume Charges – The amount of water service billed to an account is based on how much water flows through the meter each month. Meters are read every month by radio, by cellular transmitter or by hand. No meters are estimated. The sewer portion of the bill is calculated on the amount of water that flows through the meter. For accounts with sewer service only, the customer may either have a meter installed on the well service line or be billed a flat rate charge each month.

For more information or to request an item to be added to this page, please contact us:

Jay Sellers
Public Information Officer