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Rate Study
In April 2006 the City of Safford engaged Economists.com to conduct a water, wastewater, and solid waste rate study and long-term financial plan.

The city's primary objectives were:
  • A comprehensive analysis and evaluation of the water, wastewater, and solid waste systems' current cost of service and revenue requirements
  • A forecast of water, wastewater, and solid waste operating and capital costs for a period ten years into the future
  • An estimate of current and forecast accounts, volumes, and billing units for the 10-year forecast period
  • A thorough review and update of the water, wastewater, and solid waste system?s known capital improvement needs, as well as a determination of the need for funding capital requirements through the issuance of long-term debt
  • A review of the adequacy and appropriateness of existing water, wastewater, and solid waste customer classes
  • An evaluation of the current water, wastewater, and solid waste rate structures and revenue recovered versus the revenue requirement, both overall and for each customer class
  • A development of alternative rate structures that would recover the city's cost of service, ensure equitable treatment of identified customer classes, and maintain critical financial ratios

Final Rate Recommenation
After a series of meetings with city officials at which these objectives and various rate scenarios were thoroughly analyzed, the project team narrowed its recommendations to the three water and wastewater alternative rate structures and the final solid waste rate recommendation contained in this rate study.