Box Elder water rates could see change

BOX ELDER, S.D. – Box Elder residents and businesses could see some changes coming to their water bills in the coming months – but just what those changes are is yet to be decided.

In a special meeting Tuesday, Box Elder City Council heard recommendations following a study that focused on water rates for the city.

The study looked at the city’s budget, current water rates, and water use to see what rate structure would work best for the city. In the presentation, no suggestions were made as to adjusting water costs but Mayor Larry Larson says changes could be coming to address the city’s water infrastructure.

Larson says the study was conducted to address inefficiencies in the pay system to better set the city up to address issues down the road.

“At some point, we’ll come back and they’ll have a recommendation as far as what they think we need to do to bring our rates to where we can, not wait for a break and then fix it, but afford to be proactive ahead of time so we don’t have constant breaks in our water system,” said Larson.

A deeper dive into what the new fees may look like is aimed for November 19th’s regularly scheduled city council meeting.

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