The City of Tybee Island has changed its water / sewer rate structure effective September 1, 2021 (September usage, October bill cycle). The City has not had a rate adjustment for multiple years, and is continuing to see costs exceed revenues.
A rate structure change paired with smaller annual rate adjustments will allow the City to fund the various capital projects that are past due. These projects include: sewer line replacements, water main replacements, well house and clarifier rehabilitation, electrical and water treatment plant upgrades and various equipment purchases.
The average individual uses approximately 3,000 gallons of water per month. A user of 3,000 gallons can expect a monthly bill increase of roughly $13. The new rate structure includes a peak usage season from June 1 to August 31 as well as a 25% premium for usage over 10,000 gallons during peak season.
Rates will increase 7% effective January 1, 2024. As the City continues to balance infrastructure needs and rising costs, annual rate adjustments will be necessary. Current infrastructure projects include replacements of sewer and water mains, water tower improvements, and upgrades to odor control and wastewater treatment plant. The rates effective January 1, 2024 are as follows: