Cedar Park and Leander residents could see their utility bills increase
starting in 2015 if the Lower Colorado River Authority chooses to raise rates
for raw water starting in January.
Both cities pay fees to LCRA for water withdrawn from Lake Travis. If LCRA
raises those fees—the LCRA board has proposed an 18.5 percent increase in 2015
and variable percentages of the increase through 2019—city leaders said they
would need to pass along some costs. Cedar Park and Leander leaders said they
are only able to estimate how customers would see those changes reflected in
their water bills.
About 15 percent of an average Leander customer’s water bill is spent on raw
water. That could increase by 2.75 percent in 2015, Leander Finance Director
Robert Powers said.
Cedar Park residents could see an extra $1.25–$1.50 on their bill every month
in 2015, Assistant City Manager Sam Roberts said. By 2019, monthly bills could
increase by $3.50–$4.00 from current rates—all rough estimates based on
information provided by LCRA, Roberts said.
The LCRA board plans to vote on new rates by June.
See also the earlier piece on LCRA and the rice farmers:
And Statesman's piece on City of Austin looking for other sources for water
other than LCRA: