CHAPTER 92 WATER RATES

 

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92.01 SERVICE CHARGES. Each customer shall pay for water service provided by the City based upon use of water as determined by meters provided for in Chapter 91 or charged as a flat rate. Each location, building, premises or connection shall be considered a separate and distinct customer whether owned or controlled by the same person or not.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)
 


92.02 RATES FOR SERVICE. Water service shall be furnished at the rates within the City:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)


1. A minimum charge of $23.00 will include the first 3,000 gallons of water effective May 1, 2016.
2. A rate of $2.50 per 1,000 gallons ($0.25 per 100 gal.) will be charged after the first 3,000 gallons.

 


92.03 RATES OUTSIDE THE CITY. Water service shall be provided any customer located outside the corporate limits of the City which the City has agreed to serve at the rates provided in Section 92.02. No such customer, however, will be served unless the customer shall have signed a service contract agreeing to be bound by the ordinances, rules and regulations applying to water service established by the Council.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 364.4[2] & 384.84)
 


92.04 BILLING FOR WATER SERVICE. Water service shall be billed as part of a combined service account, payable in accordance with the following:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)
1. Bills Issued. The Clerk shall prepare and issue bills for combined service accounts on or before the first day of each month.

2. Bills Payable. Bills for combined service accounts shall be due and payable at the bank or received by the City by the fifteenth (15th) day of the same month. Payment must be received, either in person at City Hall, via the mail or at the bank by close of business on the 15th.

3. Late Payment Penalty. Bills not paid when due shall be considered delinquent. A one-time late payment penalty of twenty dollars ($20.00) shall be added to each delinquent bill.


92.05 SERVICE DISCONTINUED. Water service to delinquent customers shall be discontinued in accordance with the following:
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)

1. Notice. The Clerk shall notify each delinquent customer that service will be discontinued if payment of the combined service account, including late payment charges, is not received by the 25th day of the same month. Such notice shall be sent by ordinary mail and shall inform the customer of the nature of the delinquency and afford the customer the opportunity for a hearing to discuss payment with Clerk. In the case that payment is not received in full the 25th day of the same month, and no hearing has been requested, a second notice will be sent advising customer of discontinuance of service within 48 hours.

2. Notice to Landlords. If the customer is a tenant, and if the owner or landlord of the property has made a written request for notice, the notice of delinquency shall also be given to the owner or landlord.

3. Hearing. If a hearing is requested by noon of the day preceding the shut off, the Clerk shall conduct an informal hearing and shall make a determination as to whether the disconnection is justified. The customer has the right to appeal the Clerk’s decision to the Mayor and if the Mayor finds that disconnection is justified, then such disconnection shall be made, unless payment has been received.

4. Fees. A fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) shall be charged before service is restored to a delinquent customer. In the event the City suffers additional charges by PeopleService on behalf of the customer’s delinquency, those charges shall also be passed on to the customer.

5. No fee shall be charged for the usual or customary trips in the regular changes in occupancies of property.


92.06 LIEN FOR NONPAYMENT. The owner of the premises served and any lessee or tenant thereof shall be jointly and severally liable for water service charges to the premises. Water service charges remaining unpaid and delinquent shall constitute a lien upon the premises served and shall be certified by the Clerk to the County Treasurer for collection in the same manner as property taxes.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)
 


92.07 LIEN EXEMPTION. The lien for nonpayment shall not apply to a residential rental property where water service is separately metered and the rates or charges for the water service are paid directly to the City by the tenant, if the landlord gives written notice to the City that the property is residential rental property and that the tenant is liable for the rates or charges. The City may require a deposit not exceeding the usual cost of ninety (90) days of water service be paid to the City. The landlord’s written notice shall contain the name of the tenant responsible for charges, the address of the rental property and the date of occupancy. A change in tenant shall require a new written notice to be given to the City within ten (10) business days of the change in tenant. When the tenant moves from the rental property, the City shall refund the deposit if the water service charges are paid in full. A change in the ownership of the residential rental property shall require written notice of such change to be given to the City within ten (10) business days of the completion of the change of ownership. The lien exemption does not apply to delinquent charges for repairs to a water service.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)
 


92.08 LIEN NOTICE. A lien for delinquent water service charges shall not be certified to the County Treasurer unless prior written notice of intent to certify a lien is given to the customer. If the customer is a tenant and if the owner or landlord of the property has made a written request for notice, the notice shall also be given to the owner or landlord. The notice shall be sent to the appropriate persons by ordinary mail not less than thirty (30) days prior to certification of the lien to the County Treasurer.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)
 


92.09 CUSTOMER DEPOSITS. There shall be required from every customer not the owner of the premises served a fifty dollar ($50.00) deposit intended to guarantee the payment of bills for service.
(Code of Iowa, Sec. 384.84)
 


92.10 TEMPORARY VACANCY. A property owner may request water service be temporarily discontinued and shut off at the curb valve when the property is expected to be vacant for an extended period of time. During a period when service is temporarily discontinued as provided herein there shall be no minimum service charge. The City will not drain pipes or pull meters for temporary vacancies.

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