Rates & Account Information (Summary)

The City of St Cloud utilities are billed bi-monthly:  NORTH side on the odd months (Jan., Mar., May, Jul., Sep., Nov.), and SOUTH side on the even months (Feb., Apr., Jun., Aug., Oct., Dec.).  Bills are typically processed and mailed by the 5th of each month, and are DUE the last business day of the month.

Water & Sewer Rates

Water is billed based on meter readings, or estimated according to historical usage if no reading is obtained.  The water rate for 2017 is $3.23 per unit (1 unit = 100 cubic feet = 748 gallons), with a minimum charge of $12.88/bill.  The sewer rate for 2017 is $3.00 per unit, with a minimum charge of $12.00/bill.  The City sets the sewer rate based on your water consumption when your meter is read in February (north side) and March (south side).  The sewer charge remains that same amount for the next 6 billing cycles.

Refuse, Recycling, and Yard Waste Collection and Disposal

Charges for City refuse, recycling, and yard waste collection and disposal services will be as follows (for more specific Q&A please visit Public Works):
Monthly Refuse & Recycling Service
  • (a) $7.30 pass-by fee per dwelling unit per month for bag and recycling system service (plus $2.25 per each City refuse bag, purchased by resident).  The pass-by fee shall be automatically added to each residential utility account.  The pass-by fee shall not be waived for those residents who do not wish to recycle.
  • (b) $33.80 per month for each refuse (garbage) cart.  This fee includes the monthly pass-by fee.
  • (c) Replacement refuse or recycling carts will be provided at the actual cart purchase price, including taxes, plus a $10.00 administrative and delivery fee.
Special Pick-ups
  • (a) Household rubbish / Special Pick-up fee: $20.00 for collection of up to 2 cubic yards (3 ft. x 3 ft. x 6 ft.) of household rubbish. $10.00 collection fee per each additional cubic yard of rubbish.
Yard Waste Service
Compost Site Permits
  • (a) R1 PERMIT: $25.00 per parcel per year (use of this permit is limited to residents/parcels that are currently customers of the City Sanitation Division).
  • (b) R2 PERMIT: $35.00 per parcel per year (this permit is for the use of City residents/parcels that are not currently customers of the City sanitation Division).
  • (c) NR PERMITS: $45.00 per parcel per year (this permit is for the use of residents/parcels in neighboring cities).
  • (d) Replacement Permits: $5.00

Street Light  Utility Fee

Every property within the City shall be charged for a fair and equitable share of the cost to provide, operate, and maintain the city-wide street lighting system. Charges shall be apportioned according to property use and service.  For specific information and details, please visit this Public Works page regarding street lights. Please contact our Engineering Department @ 320-255-7249 with any questions about this fee.

Stormwater Utility Fee

In April 2004 the City of St. Cloud implemented a Stormwater Utility fee to provide a dedicated funding source for new State & Federal regulations related to stormwater discharges into area waterways, including: ponds, wetlands, rivers & lakes. These new regulations required the City to implement measures to protect and improve the quality of surface waters.

The stormwater utility revenue is primarily used to pay for the cost of water quality education, street sweeping, and other activities directed at protecting surface water quality.  These activities are mandated by the State of Minnesota, and benefit all properties in the City.  Please contact our Water Department @ 320-255-7225 with any questions about this fee.

Miscellaneous Fees

  • On July 1st each year, any unpaid amounts more than 30 days past due will be considered for certification to the County Auditor for collection.  A $50.00 (fifty dollar) charge will be added to all accounts certified to the County Auditor's office for collection.  This fee is to be considered separate and distinct from any penalty or interest that may be charged by the County as a result of the certification.
  • A penalty in the amount of $20.00 (twenty dollars) or 7.5% of the balance--whichever is greater--shall be added to all Public Utilities accounts not paid in full by the due date.  The penalty for late payment shall be added to the balance for which the account remains unpaid.
  • A $30.00 (thirty dollar) service fee will be assessed to any dishonored payments.