RS Council Approves Budget, Water and Sewer Rate Increases

RS Council Approves Budget, Water and Sewer Rate Increases

ROCK SPRINGS — In order to balance the budget for Fiscal Year 2022-2023, the City of Rock Springs will transfer about $3.6 million from operational reserves to the general fund.

This isn’t the first time the city has had to move funding around to balance a budget. Last year, nearly $6.4 million was moved around to balance the FY 2021-22 budget. The Rock Springs City Council unanimously approved a nearly $38 million FY 2022-23 budget tonight.

“The fiscal year 2022-2023 Proposed Budget presented for your consideration is in balance with a transfer from operational reserves to the general fund of $3,605,390. Revenue and expenditure projections for the current year have been revised to reflect current fiscal year activity,” Director of Administrative Service Matthew McBurnett explained in a letter to the city.

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According to documents in the proposed Fiscal Year budget 2022-2023, “The budget also includes an anticipated 7 percent increase in water rates, and a 5 percent increase in sewer rates.”

To review the entire budget, click here.

Other Business

The Council approved a resolution amending and re-enacting Resolution 88-25 to establish water rates in the City of Rock Springs. According to the water rate increase proposal from the Joint Powers Water Board, the increase states water-usage charges will be increase by 6 cents per CCF (hundred cubic feet) over last year’s rates. Depending on how much water a resident uses, the change will increase rates will be between 61 cents and $1.76 per month.

The Council unanimously denied an ordinance that would change the city’s “Official Zoning Map” from heavy industrial to medium density residential for a nearly 60-acre parcel of land located near Springs Drive and Mineral Drive. The proposed subdivision has around 185 single-family lots. The Council had previously denied a resolution approving this subdivision at a previous meeting.

An ordinance requesting an amendment to the “Official Zoning Map” from medium density residential to community business district/conditional district for a nearly 14 1/2 acre parcel of land located near Lombard Drive and Interstate 80 was read for a third time and approved by the Council tonight. This land will be used for storage units.

The Council approved a resolution declaring its intent of the City of Rock Springs to take all actions necessary in support of the continuation of the existing county-wide 2 percent Lodging Tax, to be used primarily for promoting local travel and tourism. Prior to approval, Councilor Rob Zotti explained this tax is mostly paid by visitors and tourists coming to Sweetwater County and it’s been something the county has had for a long time.