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Sioux Falls residents may see utility hike to support growth

City of Sioux Falls logo
City of Sioux Falls
City of Sioux Falls logo

The city of Sioux Falls is proposing an increase in utility rates for four of its five provided utilities.

Single-digit rate increases are proposed for water purification, water reclamation, storm drainage, and sanitary landfill, according to a statement from the city.

The rate increase is for a four-year period beginning in 2024 and ending in 2027. The average Sioux Falls homeowner will see an increase of $3.70 to $4.22 monthly.

City licenses and fees are also on the docket to be increased to support the cost of providing utility services to a growing customer base.

“The City of Sioux Falls prides itself in providing safe and reliable utility services at the lowest possible cost for customers,” said Mark Cotter, Director of Public Works. “Based on a thorough analysis and modeling of anticipated costs in the years ahead, the proposed rate adjustments are the minimum revenue requirements to keep our utilities fully functional and to provide the same level of service our community deserves and expects.”

The Sioux Falls City Council has not yet approved the proposed increase but will discuss the proposal at their June 6 meeting.

Evan Walton is an SDPB reporter based in Sioux Falls. Evan holds a Master’s in English Literature from Southern New Hampshire University and was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 2015, where he served for five years as an infantryman.