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At Baker Tilly Municipal Advisors, we’re frequently asked how one community’s utility rates compare to the rates in the other communities. Accurately comparing local rates and charges with those of similar utilities is an important tool to assist utility managers and decision makers.  

2023 comparative rate study:

We are pleased to release this 2023 comparative rate study for regional sewer districts (RSDs) in Indiana. This report summarizes rates and charges for sewer service provided by 76 of the state’s RSDs.

Within Baker Tilly’s RSD comparative rate report, you will find: 

  • Average statistics, minimum/maximum monthly charges and the number of RSDs by customer base 
  • Effective dates for RSD sewer rates 
  • How Indiana RSDs can use Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and Inflation Reduction Act funding 

2022 comparative rate studies:

In partnership with Accelerate Indiana Municipalities (Aim) and with gratitude to the hundreds of participating communities, we released these comparative rate studies for Indiana water, sewer and stormwater utilities in 2022. 

Within Baker Tilly’s water, sewer and stormwater comparative rate studies, you will find: 

  • Comparison of rates and charges and trends in expenses for local governments  
  • Indiana and national perspectives on rate affordability 
  • Schedule of rate variances and averages 
  • Average statistics by population and by effective date of current rates   
  • Impervious area and effective dates (for stormwater utilities) 
  • How Indiana utilities can use American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds (SLFRF) and IIJA funding 

Additionally, the stormwater comparative rate study discusses how to set up a stormwater utility, including available funding mechanisms, the cost of handling stormwater, control measures and stormwater user fees. 

For more information about the comparative rate studies or to learn how Baker Tilly's utility specialists can help your organization, contact our team. 

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