City Utility Rates

Milton supports the review of current utility rates. It was reported in the Lawrence-Journal World that the average 2020 utility bill in Lawrence is higher than in most small metro areas. In fact, Lawrence ranked in the top 20 for highest utility bill averages. Total median utility costs in Lawrence were $262 per month. That was the 19th highest out of 120 small metro areas. Lawrence was tied for 23rd among the small metro areas for highest water and sewer bill averages. In 2012, single-family residences received trash carts provided by the city. An additional $19.36 a month fee was added to the utility bill based on a 65-gallon cart. Since then, a single-family residence has paid $2091 for the two carts. The replacement fee for each trash cart is $55. The utility rates and incidental fees are higher than average. Due to the higher-than-average utility rates coupled with an expensive housing market, lower income households generally experience a much larger financial impact.