Fiscal Year 2022 - 2023 Upcoming Budget & Fee Increases
Highland City is seeing significant cost increases due to inflation, especially in capital projects and maintenance costs of our utility departments as well as wage pressures with public safety. As a result of these inflationary pressures, the City needs to raise additional revenue to stay sustainable.
Per direction from City Council, a thorough analysis of the City’s utility funds including culinary water, sewer, storm drain, and pressurized irrigation is being undertaken. This study will account for all of the costs of maintenance and reconstruction projects undertaken by the City each year to keep our pipes, pumps, wells, etc. running properly. Results of this study and the resulting impact to residents’ bills are scheduled to be discussed in the May 17 Council meeting. As a note, utility rates do not pay for costs related to new building. Those costs are born by developers through impact fees which the City Council also increased recently.
The City’s contracts and costs related to garbage services with Waste Management and North Point Transfer Station are also directly impacted by inflation. Initial estimates show that rates to residents may need to be increased by approximately $5 per month (depending on the number of cans each home has) to keep up with the costs of garbage hauling and dumping.
Other surrounding cities have been dramatically increasing the wages of their police officers and fire fighters which has put pressure on our City to also increase wages so we can retain our quality employees and recruit new individuals as needed. City Council wants to pay the brave men and women who protect our City and come to our aid when needed what they deserve. But to do so, will require an increase to the public safety fee of up to $10 per month.
City Council understands that City budgets are funded by our residents who are experiencing inflation in their own family budgets as well. As such, the City is working hard to find all cost savings it can in the existing budget to keep the necessary fee increases to residents as low as possible. We would encourage residents to attend the upcoming public meetings on the budget. (See details below).
More detailed information on the City's budget will be posted on this page as it becomes available.
- May 17 beginning at 6PM - City Council Meeting on the Tentative Budget and Work Session on Utility Fee Increases
- June 1 at 7PM - Budget and Fee Information Session (Please note this was previously advertised for a different date and has been since updated.)
- June 21 - City Council Meeting on the Final Budget