City utility users will see credits coming in bills

Saddled for months with doom and gloom when they opened their 401(k) statements and property tax valuations, Grand Junction residents will receive a bit of good news when they check out their utility bills next month.

The city will offer rebates to customers who receive municipal water, sewer or trash services, thanks to lower-than-expected fuel costs. Fuel prices have dropped significantly since city officials established this year’s budget last fall, and City

Manager Laurie Kadrich said they expect to spend a little more than $200,000 less on fuel to provide those utilities.

The money will be refunded through utility bills that will go out in the mail beginning in July. Customers who receive water, sewer and trash service from the city will see an estimated $15, one-time reduction in their monthly bill. Other rebates will vary, depending upon the number of utilities or accounts customers have with the city.

“I think this is a really good move on the city’s part,” Councilman Tom Kenyon said Monday night as the council unofficially endorsed the rebates. “You rarely see government granting money back.”

Kadrich emphasized that the rebate is a one-time adjustment rather than a permanent rate change. Officials project fuel costs will rise again.

In other business, council members agreed to pay PNCI Construction Inc. of Grand Junction $154,528 to build a new restroom and picnic shelter at Rocket Park at 26th Street and Orchard Avenue.


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