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- Understanding Your Utility Bill
Understanding Your Utility Bill
Your residential utility bill will be mailed to you approximately one month before the due date. We want to be sure you have plenty of time to ask questions, resolve any issues and submit payment in a timely manner. To view the amounts that make up your utility bill, go to the Utility Rates page.
You also have the option of electronic billing for your water / sewer utility bill. If you choose to participate in this free service, you will receive an email each time your bill is ready for viewing. You can also view past payments, see the status of a payment, and print receipts for your records.
Explanation of Charges
Have you ever wondered about the charges on your bill? Here is a breakdown of each charge along with its definition.
Water Usage Charge
Calculated on a tiered rate system and based on the number of gallons used during a billing quarter. These rates are subject to change.
Water Service Charge
A base charge is assessed for your city water connection service.
Sewer Usage Charge
Calculated per 1,000 gallons and based on your water consumption during your winter billing quarter, remains the same for one year. A minimum usage of 4,000 gallons per month is required.
Sewer Service Charge
A base charge is assessed for your city sewer connection service.
Street Light Charge
A maintenance charge for signal lights and street lights throughout the City of Oakdale.
Storm Sewer Charge
A maintenance charge based on the average runoff from each property into the storm sewer system.
Five percent of your open balance is added to your bill if payment is received after the designated due date.
MN Testing Fee
An annual charge required by the State of Minnesota to pay for costs incurred by the state to implement federal regulations pertaining to the Safe Drinking Water Act.