How To Read Your Bill

With our new system roll-out, you may have noticed your bill looks a little different.  Nearly all of the information that was on your bill previously is still there, but in some cases it may be in a different spot, so below is a summary of the sections of your bill and what kinds of information is in each section.

1) Account Information – This section will contain your basic contact information as well as general billing information, such as the period bill for, total amount due, and when your particular billing due date is

2) Current Charges – Depending on whether you have water and/or electric service you could have one or two sections here. Each section will contain the amount you used as well as the billed amount for each item related to your water or electric service.  The Current Charges for water will contain detail regarding each price tier.

3) Other Charges – This will contain the billing detail of all non-metered services such as Sewer, Garbage, Stormwater, and if you are a Georgetown Utility Systems electric customer, the Energy Conservation Fee.

4) Amount Due – Here you will find the Previous Balance of your last bill, the Payments made since your last bill, the Current Charges of your current billing period, and the Total Amount Due by Due Date.

5) Consumption Details & Historical Usage – If you have electric and water service, this section will be found on the reverse side of your bill. Here you will find the detail of your electric and water consumption, such as the Start and End Reads, meter information, and total consumption.  Additionally, you will see a graph of your consumption for your metered services.

Customer Self Service Portal

CSS is the gateway to your utility account. There you can pay and view your bill. Managing your consumption is just a few clicks away. Program participation, rebates and requests are all now available in the portal. In order to set up your online account you will need the following items:

  • Access to a valid email address that can be checked
  • Customer Utility Account Number
  • Driver’s License

Before attempting to create a new log in you will need to have the following information readily available:

  • Access to a valid email address that can be checked
  • Customer Utility Account Number
  • Driver’s License

To Create a New Portal Account

1. Click on Sign up now

2. Enter First name, Last name and choose your password

3. Enter your email address

4. Enter the verification code sent to your email

  • This code is only good for a few minutes before expiring. If that happens, you can click on Resend Verification Code

5. Enter your account number which can be found on your welcome letter/bill. Next enter the Driver License listed on the account.

Congratulations! We hope you love the improved functionality in the CSS portal.

Recover Password

To recover browser saved passwords, click here for desktop/mobile instructions.

Paying Your Bill

Georgetown Utility Systems (GUS) has launched a new online billing portal that provides residents a way to manage usage and payments more effectively.  Customers can now log on to our new customer self service portal, by clicking here, to pay their bill, track and compare usage, and receive timely information and updates.  By creating an account, users can sign up to receive billing and service notifications and set up auto pay by debit/credit card or bank draft.  Customer are ensured peace of mind knowing that their sensitive payment information is protected by the most stringent Payment Card Industry (PCI) requirements.

In order to complete the account sign up process, you will need the following information:

  •  Account Number –  (Account number must be typed how it appears on the bill.  If there are dashes, on the bill, you must also type in the dashes when creating the account.)
  • Email Address –  (You will have to have access in order to receive a verification code, sent to the address you provide)
  • Personal Identification Information – example,  Drivers License

Future plans for the service include tailored products for water conservation programs, expanded smartphone technology capabilities such as outage notifications, bill and payment alerts, and bill pay options.

More Ways to Pay

Online Payments:  

  • One-time payments can be made through the new customer portal beginning on 8/6/2018. Click here for access.
  • Customers will be issued a new account number that will need to be used to update their online bill payment account. This number can be found on your bill dated after 8/6/2018.

Auto-draft accounts: (Credit/Debit or Bank Routing):

    • If you are a current auto-pay customers – You will need to set up a new auto-pay account via the new portal after August 6, 2018. Click here for access.

24-hour Payment Drop Boxes:

  • Available for after-hours, weekends and holiday payments
  • Locations:
    •   113 E. 8th St. (east side of City Hall)
    • 300 Industrial Ave. (Municipal Complex)
    • 851 FM 970, Florence, TX (formerly Western District Office)

Regular mail:

  • Mail payments to Georgetown Utility Systems, P.O. Box 1430, Georgetown, TX 78627

Customer Care Call Center:

  • Call us at (512) 930-3640, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for assistance.

Lobby and Cashiering Center:

  • Located at the Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-Industrial Blvd, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Does your bank send us your utility bill payment? Please take a few minutes to verify the utility account number is the same account number on your bill payment sent from your bank. Not having the correct utility account number may delay or keep your payment from being posted.

How to Read Your Bill

If you would like information on what is on your bill, click here

 

 

Utility Payment Scams

Did someone from the City of Georgetown or Georgetown Utility Systems call and demand payment on the phone? Don’t be fooled. It’s a scam.

The scammers typically demand payment to a special toll-free number with a pre-paid credit card. Deceptive technology can create the illusion on caller ID that the call is from the City or the utility.

Georgetown Utility Systems won’t call you and demand payments by phone, and it is strictly against policy for any customer service representative to accept payment in the field. If a bill payment is overdue, there is a three-step notification process:

  • First, late notices are mailed to customers with unpaid balances the day after the billing due date.
  • Second, an automated phone call is provided to the phone number on the account two weeks after the billing due date.
  • Third, a second automated phone call is provided to the phone number on the account three weeks after the billing due date.

If you have questions about a utility bill, call the Georgetown Utility Systems Customer Care Center at (512) 930-3640 or toll free 1-888-474-4904, before providing financial information regarding your utility account.  You can also click on the following link to find out the different ways to pay your bill.

Paying Your Bill

Rates

Electric

(effective 01/07/19)

(PCA effective 01/01/2021)

  • Residential Sales Tax :: Inside City Limits: 2.00% of total electric charges; Outside City Limits: None
  • Commercial Sales Tax :: Inside City Limits: 8.25% of total electric charges; Outside City Limits: 6.25% of total electric charges
Customer Charge (per month) Demand Charge (per kW) Energy Charge (per kWh) Power Cost Adjustment (per kWh) Transmission Cost of Service (per kWh) Minimum Bill
Residential Service $24.80 $0.0958 $0.01375 $0.00
Small General Service $50.00 $0.0902 $0.01375 $0.00
School Service $200.00 $0.1150 $0.01375 $0.00
Municipal Water &
Wastewater Pumping
$195.00 $19.58 $0.04504 $0.01375 $0.00
Large General Service $175.00 $11.00* $0.06543 $0.01375 $0.00 $725.00
Industrial $350.00 $16.00** $0.05648 $0.01375 $0.00 $8,350.00
Large Industrial Service $510.00 $19.25*** $0.05317 $0.01375 $0.00 $39,010.00
Municipal Service $132.00 $0.0700 $0.01375 $0.00
  • *50 kW minimum, not less than $550.00/month
  • ** 500 kW minimum, not less than $8,000.00/month
  • *** 2000 kW minimum, not less than $38,500.00/month
  • Information on Solar Panels and Net Energy Metering Rates.
  • For more information on the Transmission Cost of Service, please check our FAQ’s
Lighting Service

High Pressure Sodium Lighting (HPL)

100 Watt HPL (35kWh) 200 Watt HPL (71 kWh) 250 Watt HPL (86 kWh) 400 Watt HPL (137 kWh)
Security Lighting $8.50 $14.50 $16.70 $23.50
Municipal Street Lighting $5.09 $9.29 $11.13 $17.33
Retail Street Lighting $5.26 $9.75 $11.64 $18.17
Water

Base Rates
(effective 10/01/2023)

Customer Charge (per month) Inside City Outside City
5/8 inch meter $20.60 $24.75
3/4 inch meter $30.85 $37.10
1 inch meter $51.45 $61.85
1 1/2 inch meter $102.80 $123.65
2 inch meter $205.70 $247.35
3 inch meter $493.60 $593.60
4 inch meter $863.80 $1,038.80
6 inch meter $1,892.10 $2,275.45
8 inch meter $3,290.70 $3,957.35
Residential Water Rates (effective 10/01/2022)* Cost is per 1,000 gallons
(1,000 gallons) Volumetric Rate
Up to and including 7,000 gallons $2.30
Over 7,001 gallons, up to and including 15,000
gallons
$3.45
Over 15,001 gallons, up to and including 25,000
gallons
$6.05
Over 25,001 gallons $10.60
Non-Residential Volumetric Water Rates (effective 10/01/2022)*Cost is per 1,000 gallons
Meter Size Tier 1 Rate Tier 2 Rate Tier 2 Threshold
Small Commercial <2″ $3.05 $8.20 300,001 gallons
Large Commercial 2″ $3.05 $8.20 600,001 gallons
Large Commercial 3″ $3.05 $8.20 900,001 gallons
Large Commercial 4″ $3.05 $8.20 4,000,001 gallons
Large Commercial 6″ $3.05 $8.20 6,000,001 gallons
Large Commercial 8″ $3.05 $8.20 8,000,001 gallons
Manufacturing <8″ $3.05
Municipal Interruptible $3.05
Restaurant $3.05
Evaporative Cooling $3.05
Fire Flow $3.05
Irrigation Only $5.05 $10.80 500,001 gallons
Fire Hydrant Meter $10.75

*Residential low-income discount of 30 percent is available to customers who can provide us with verifiable proof of participation in the Medicaid Program by a permanent resident in the household.

Non-Potable Rates
*Rates take effect Oct. 1, 2023    *Cost is per 1,000 gallons
Current Adopted
Reclaimed Water $1.40 $1.60
Multifamily (Master Metered) Water Rates
*Rates take effect Oct. 1, 2023    *Cost is per 1,000 gallons
Inside October 1, 2023* Outside October 1, 2023*
Base $20.60 x Unit Count $24.75 x Unit Count
Tier 1 Unit Count x 7,000 gallons $2.30
Tier 2 Unit Count x 8,000 above Tier 1 $3.45
Tier 3 Unit Count x 10,000 above Tier 2 $6.05
Tier 4 all flows above Tier 3 $10.60
RV (Master Metered with oversized meter for fire flow) Water Rates
8 spots = one 3/4″ Single Family Unit
*Rates take effect Oct. 1, 2023    *Cost is per 1,000 gallons
Inside October 1, 2023* Outside October 1, 2023*
Base $30.85 x Unit Count/8 units $37.10 x Unit Count/8 units
Tier 1 Unit Count x 7,000 gallons $2.05 $2.30
Tier 2 Unit Count x 8,000 above Tier 1 $3.10 $3.45
Tier 3 Unit Count x 10,000 above Tier 2 $5.35 $6.05
Tier 4 all flows above Tier 3 $9.40 $10.60
Wastewater
Wastewater Rate Schedule (effective 10/01/2023)
Customer Charge Inside
(per month)
Volumetric Chg
(per 1000 gals)
Customer Charge Out
(per month)
Volumetric Chg
(per 1000 gals)
Residential Service
Single family /
Domestic use only
$43.90 N/A $50.50 N/A
Small Commercial Service
4″ sewer line /
3/4″ wtr mtr /
10 fixtures or less /
must be requested in writing
$43.90 N/A $50.50 N/A
Commercial Service
6″ or smaller sewer line
$66.40 $3.80 $76.40 $4.35
Multi Family Service
8″ or larger sewer line
2/3 Residential Rate x # of Dwelling Units 2/3 Residential Rate x # of Dwelling Units
Large Commercial Service
8″ or larger sewer line
$117.90 $3.80 $135.65 $4.35
Industrial Strength Commercial
BOD over 250 / food
processing or high level of oil
or chemicals in the discharge
$91.60 $3.80 $101.60 $4.35
Large Industrial Strength
BOD over 250 / food
processing or high level of oil
or chemicals in the discharge
$143.10 $3.80 $160.80 $4.35
*Residential low-income discount of 20 percent is available to customers who can provide us with verifiable proof of participation in the Medicaid Program by a permanent resident in the household.

**Volumetric Charge is per 1,000 gallons multiplied by the customer’s wastewater strength factor. An annual wastewater sample and pretreatment renewal by the City is used to determine the Industrial Users wastewater strength factor. The wastewater strength factor remains in effect for a 12-month period following the sample results, or until replaced by a wastewater strength factor calculated as a result of a more recent sample. 

Garbage Rates

(Rates effective 11/01/2023)

All customers inside City limits must pay for solid waste service. All customers outside City limits who receive City utilities and live on a City solid waste route may select City solid waste pickup.

Sales Tax on Garbage Service: Residential and Commercial
Inside City Limits: 8.25%
Outside City Limits: 6.25%
Residential Rate: Inside City Limits – $22.69 (with recycling)
Outside City Limits – $31.31 (cart only)
Non-Residential Rate: Varies – Rates will be set by type, amount and frequency of service.

Click here for a breakdown of all solid waste rates.

Stormwater Drainage Fees (effective 10/01/15)

(effective 10/01/15)
Residential Inside City Limits: $6.50 per month

Non-Residential Inside City Limits: $6.50 per unit (2,808 sq ft)

All residential customers within the city limits must pay a monthly charge of $6.50. Non-residential customers within the city limits must pay $6.50 per unit (2,808 square feet) which is calculated on the total square footage of impervious cover on the property.

Utility Deposit Requirements and Service Charges
  • Residential Deposit – $150.00 (cash, check or credit card); Will be waived with qualifying 12- month letter of credit from a previous metered utility provider or by signing up for auto draft.
  • Non-Residential Deposit – 2x average billing. May substitute a Letter of Credit from a bank or surety bond.  Will waive with a qualifying 36-month letter of credit.
  • Utility Account Setup Fee (move in) – $75.00
  • Service Trip Fee $120.00
  • Same Day Connect (move-in) – $195 ($75 + $120 trip fee)
  • Disconnect Service Charge for Delinquent Bill or Insufficient Check (Reconnect Fee) – $95
  • After Hours Reconnect Fee – $125.00 (additional) Requests received after 4pm
  • Meter Tampering Fee – $585.00 + any possible damage parts/components per incident
  • Payment Plan Administration Fee – $15.00
  • Temporary Meter Charge – $215.00 (Applies where there is no meter pedestal available)
  • Late Payment – 10%
  • Insufficient Check Charge – $30.00
  • Water Meter Test (3rd Party Cost) – $85.00
  • Electric Meter Test – single phase (3rd party cost) – $42.00
  • Electric Meter Test – three phases + demand (3rd party cost) – $50.00
  • Credit Cards: Discover, VISA and MasterCard accepted
  • Online payments accepted