On June 20, 2016, the City Council adopted the initial rules, regulations, and rate schedule applicable to the Missoula Water utility as part of Ordinance 3576. Council approved the establishment of tap connection fees on February 26, 2018 and increased the fees on July 20, 2020 in Resolution 8439.
Due to a proposed procedural change, the utility would like to decrease the water tap fees remove the cost of the saddle and sleeve materials provided by a third-party. The proposed fees would include costs associated with staff, abatement, administration, and equipment. This fee will continue to only be applied to properties that request a new connection to a water main. The fee would increase by 3% each year until 2024 for inflation.
The utility has also found it necessary to establish a staff assistance fee of $45.00 per hour to cover the cost of staff. This fee would only be applied to those that request assistance on private projects.