The City of Altus Utilities Committee met Thursday afternoon at City Hall to review and discuss utility rates and related matters ahead of Saturday morning’s meeting.
On Tuesday, the Altus Municipal Authority and the Altus City Council an agenda item was to consider passing an ordinance amending electric rates. Three summary calculations options and ordinances were presented. Each option was based on 2015 summary consumption by residential, small commercial, large commercial, industrial level I, and industrial level II . Mayor Jack Smiley and the Council discussed in length the agenda item but made the decision to table it. A special city council meeting was then set for Saturday, April 9 at 8:30 a.m. in the Frisco Room, second floor at City Hall.
Utility Committee members councilman Chris Rifle, Doyle Jencks, Kevin McAuliffe, along with Mayor Jack Smiley, Interim City Manager Larry Shelton, and Assistant City Manager Matt Wesonowski met to review the three options again to determine the best formula on amending the electric rates.
Assistant City Manager Matt Wesonowski presented a report on water, sewer, landfill, and sanitation, user fees, revenues, and rates. This was based on the Olson Associates City of Altus Cost of Service Study on March 22, 2016. The group looked very closely at the current rates of small and large commercial in comparison to residential, along with justification of differences, and possible three-to-five year rate modifications and future infrastructure.
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