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2017 Municipal Utility Survey - Now Available

Posted By Johanna Bell, Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Association of Idaho Cities is pleased to share the 2017 Municipal Utility Survey. This report contains information on municipal services, billing, system characteristics and rates, asset management and fiscal capability assessments, and stormwater/drainage/floodway management.

The information is aggregated into easy-to-read summary tables that present averages, percentages, counts, and other data to capture survey question response. Results are categorized into five city populations:

• Less than 1,000;
• 1,000-4,999;
• 5,000-14,999;
• 15,000-49,999;
• 50,000 or more.

This is the second AIC utility survey. The first survey was conducted in 2010. With assistance from a Survey Focus Group, this second survey has been expanded to include additional topics relative to utility operations and financial capability analysis. A similar survey is planned for implementation once every five years.

Similar to the 2010 survey, AIC advises cities in the strongest possible terms NOT to set rates based solely on what another city charges. A city’s utility rates must reflect the cost of operating the specific system in light of the unique needs for future expansion and system upgrades. Setting rates based on what other cities charge can be a tragically costly decision.

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