FAQ

How can I learn more about City finances?

A lot of financial information is available on this website and is discussed in city council work sessions and regular meetings. In particular, budget work sessions are held in late summer and fall and the annual audit is published late spring or early summer. For more information to understand the city budgets, annual audits and […]

How is my water / sewer bill calculated?

The amount of your bill from the City of Salida (The Salida Utilities) for water and sewer service is made up of multiple components. Flat quarterly fees are charged for service from the time a tap is first purchased. Your bill also includes an amount for usage based on water meter readings. Water usage charges […]

How much are Salida’s tap fees?

As of January 1, 2013, a single family residential tap fee for water and sewer within the city limits is $13,070 or $14,914 if the property is located in the “high zone.” Most lots west of Holman Avenue are in the high zone, but check with city staff to be sure. The cost of a commercial […]

What do I do about my water if I am leaving for the winter?

If you are leaving for the winter, Public Works will come to your residence and turn you water off and on for one time free per year. You also have the option of having them take your meter out and placing it in the bottom of the meter pit. Shutting your water off … more »

I am leaving for the winter, what can I do to stop my meter from freezing?

The Public Works Department will turn off/turn on your water one time per year for free. If you are leaving for the winter you have the option of turning your water off and having the meter placed in the bottom of the pit. This action will stop your usage fees but not the … more »

How do I register my dog / cat with the City?

The City of Salida no longer requires dog or cat licenses. A voluntary registration program is available through the Arkansas Valley Humane Society if you wish to register your pet. Being included in AVHS’s database can help reconnect you with your pet in the event he or she is ever lost. The City’s registration requirement was […]

Whom do I call to report a street light that is not working?

719-539-5128 is the number to call to report a non-functioning streetlight to Xcel Energy. Their office hours are 7AM to 4PM. You may leave a message at that number if you are calling when the office is not open. Xcel Energy services street lights in town under a franchise agreement with the City. They will […]

Are landscaping permits still required?

Yes. You do need to apply for a permit with Public Works to landscape the parkway in front of your property. The permit is free. The parkway provides a buffer area between motorists driving on the streets and the pedestrian walkways. Water meter pits are often located in this area and need to be accessed by […]

What requires a cut permit?

You are required to apply for a cut permit with the Public Works Department anytime you are going to be doing work in the City right-of-way. This process can be done at the Public Works Department located at 340 W Hwy 291 or by calling (719)539-6257. more »

Is bottled water better than tap water?

Tap water is subject to stricter federal standards and testing. Water used for bottling is required to be analyzed for bacteria only once a week. However, 70% of the bottled water sold in the U.S. is packaged and sold in the same state, making it exempt from this federal regulation. more »

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