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PRESS RELEASE      
December 9, 2016
For Immediate Release
Nathan Perry
Utility Business Manager
Email:Nathan.perry@hamilton-oh.gov
Phone: 513-785-7217
Hamilton to Implement Water and Electric Rate Adjustments
Hamilton, Ohio - The third phase of multiyear City of Hamilton water and electric rate adjustments are scheduled to take effect early in 2017.

In 2014, Hamilton City Council approved multiyear water and electric rate plans. The third phase of water rate adjustments will become effective with utility bills rendered on or after January 1, 2017. The third phase of electric rate adjustments will become effective with bills rendered on or after February 1, 2017.

"Water consumption has decreased over the past decade," said Public Utilities Director Kevin Maynard. "Fewer water sales coupled with less revenue from the new Butler County wholesale water supply agreement has reduced funds available to meet operation and maintenance expenses and to pay for water system improvements needed to ensure reliable water service and community fire protection."

The electric rate plan was designed to be revenue neutral overall, however, rates are being adjusted over four years to more accurately reflect the cost of providing electric service to various rate classes.

Under the new rates, a typical Hamilton residential customer will see an increase of approximately $1.43 per month for water service and approximately $4.24 per month for electric service. 

However, on December 1, 2016, the City reduced its Natural Gas Cost Recovery Rider (GCR) in response to lower wholesale natural gas costs. This reduction will result in a decrease of approximately $0.63 per month for residential natural gas service in 2017, offsetting some of the electric and water rate adjustments.

"Overall, a typical residential utility bill will increase approximately $5.04 per month," Maynard added. "When these rate adjustments become effective in 2017, the average Hamilton resident will still pay an estimated $199 less per year for utility service than with other regional utility providers."

The City of Hamilton owns and operates all four primary utilities, including electric, natural gas, water and wastewater systems. The City is one of the lowest cost utility service providers in the region and state. For further information, contact Utility Business Manager Nathan Perry at (513) 785-7217.
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About Hamilton, OhioLocated on the Great Miami River in the heart of the Cincinnati-Dayton metroplex, Hamilton is a historically-significant city with approximately 63,000 residents. Home to Miami University Hamilton and the County Seat of Butler County, Hamilton is the area center for government, finance and industry. Known for its unparalleled art, cultural & recreational activities, Hamilton is continually expanding its quality of life offerings. An award winning community, Hamilton was the recipient of the 2010 & 2015 Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting "Best Water in the World" award, the winner of the 2012 "Best of the Best" award by the Ohio Section of the American Water Works Association, the prestigious 2010 Public Gas System Achievement Award and five consecutive Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3) Platinum level awards. Additionally, the Hamilton City School District was named The National School District of Character for 2012. For more information, please visit www.hamilton-city.org.