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Resources for Customers Utility Rates and Charges

Utility Bills, Rates and Charges

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All of the functions of Fort Wayne City Utilities are funded by rates and fees that customers pay.  Residents of the Fort Wayne area only support City Utilities as customers -- City Utilities does not receive any funding from property taxes.Monthly rates and charges paid by water utility customers fund the operation, maintenance, repair and replacement of the drinking water distribution system, as well as the cost of treating drinking water and supplying water for fighting fires.  Sewer utility customers pay for similar activities in the sewer system and for the treatment of sewage.  The stormwater utility is funded by all properties inside the Fort Wayne City limits that have hard surfaces including roofs, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots and other areas that do not soak in rainwater runoff.

Funds paid into each utility may only be used to offset costs or making investments in that utility.  Water funds cannot be used for sewer projects, and vice-versa.  Administrative departments such as Customer Relations are funded by a portion of revenue from each of the three utilities.

Rates are established by City Utilities (with the approval of the Board of Public Works and City Council) to generate only the amount of revenue needed to cover the expenses of each utility.  The utilities do no make a profit. All revenue is used for operational costs or improvement.  City Utilities does not have stockholders, so none of the utility revenue is paid out as dividends.  All revenue is reinvested in the products and services supplied to customers.  Although City Utilities does not pay taxes, approximately $5 million dollars per year is paid to the City of Fort Wayne as a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT).

Water Rates

Fire Rates 

Sewer Rates

Stormwater

Miscellaneous Rates and Charges 

Note: Water rates effective January 1, 2015 are pursuant to tariff number 44762 approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.