Reduction in Sewer Rates

In November 2022, Mason City Council unanimously authorized a reduction to the residential and commercial sewer utility rate, effective January 1. The rate reduction is estimated to have a minimum $150 annual savings for residents and $125 annual savings for commercial customers. Customers can anticipate seeing this reduction reflected on their bill received in February.

In 2004, the City’s Water Reclamation Plant was constructed as a key component to the economic growth that directly impacts the services and amenities Mason residents enjoy. At the time, sewer rates were established with annual adjustments based upon usage, growth, and the need to pay off the debt used for construction. The Sewer Bonds were paid off earlier than scheduled which created an opportunity for the City to reevaluate sewer rates. The City contracted with the firm Environmental Rate Consultants to conduct a Sewer Utility Rate Study. A substantial amount of current and historical data was provided by the City and Greater Cincinnati Water Works to build a model to project the future needs of the sewer utility and evaluate rate changes. The rate study ultimately indicated the ability for a sewer rate reduction. These changes include a 46% reduction of the minimum usage amount for all residential customers and a 42% reduction for commercial customers.

This is a significant achievement for the City of Mason and reflects the City’s good financial management, strong credit rating, elimination of debt and strategic economic development activity.

Waste & Recycling

The City of Mason contracts with Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services for private waste collection. A municipal contract helps residents receive the best value and most effective waste and recycling services.

City Services such as brush chipping, leaf removal, and Christmas tree recycling are popular programs that help to keep waste collection costs low.

Residents will experience an increase to their monthly waste and recycling rates moving from a monthly residential rate of $16.97 to $20.10 per month.

City of Mason residents save approximately $200 annual compared to nearby communities that do not have a municipal waste and recycling contract.

Water

Since 2002, the City has contracted with Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) to provide water operations in Mason.  GCWW publishes an annual Water Quality Report for its customers, which is updated by April 1 of each year.  To learn more about water quality, where Mason’s water comes from and how GCWW is protecting water resources please visit:

https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/water/water-quality-and-treatment/water-your-health/

Historically, GCWW adjusts water usage rates in January to help cover inflationary costs.  Water rates are based on usage with a set minimum amount.  GCWW has approved a 3% increase in rates for 2023.

Stormwater

The Stormwater Utility Fee was established in 2001 to provide a funding source for stormwater management projects in the City.  Stormwater produced by rain or snow is captured in the stormwater system and transferred to local waterways helping to prevent flooding on roadways and throughout the community.

The Stormwater Utility Fee for 2023 is $4.70 per month for residential properties and is based on a calculation of impervious area for commercial properties.  Stormwater rates are adjusted annually for inflation.

All rate adjustments will become effective January 1 and will be reflected on utility bills received in February. For convenience, residents receive a single monthly utility bill for sewer, waste, recycling and stormwater services through Greater Cincinnati Water Works.