Utility Rate Increases

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Starting in 2012 and continuing for the next 10-15 years, we are strategically undertaking multiple large sewer rebuilding projects to replace pipes at the end of their useful life. Most of our sewer infrastructure is 75 to 100 years old. From 2012 to 2016, we repaired or replaced 189,211 feet, almost 36 miles, of sanitary sewer and 64,437 feet, about 12 miles, of storm sewer.

All infrastructure replacements are intended to provide our residents and businesses with a greatly improved sewer infrastructure that addresses basement backups, surface flooding, and failing pipes experienced over the past decade.

Sanitary Sewer Rates

The sanitary sewer portion of your water utility bill will increase by about 8% in 2019. This is due to a long-term plan in place since 2013 to address deferred maintenance and basement back-ups during heavy rains.  Based on average residential water consumption, the sanitary sewer charge will increase from $120.12 to $127.16 per quarter or from $40.04 to $42.39 per month.

The 2020-2023 rates are estimates only and will require subsequent Common Council approval.

Projected Sanitary Sewer Rate Increases
  2015  2016  2017  2018  2019B  2020F  2021F 2022F  2023F 
 Rate Increase 11%  11%   8%  4%  8%  8%  7%  7%  7%
 Projected Bill Increase  10% 7%  6%  7%  6%  6%  5%  5%  5% 
 Quarterly Residential Bill Est.  $99  $106  $113  $120  $127 $135   $142  $150  $158
 Quarterly Restaurant Bill Est.  $1,466  $1,566  $1,665  $1,777  $1,881  $1,993  $2,100  $2,214  $2,335
 Quarterly Laundromat Bill Est.  $3,932  $4,200  $4,466  $4,776  $5,046  $5,344  $5,632  $5,937  $6,261
 Quarterly Office Bldg. Bill Est.  $183  $196  $208  $222  $235  $249  $263  $277  $292

Projected Sanitary Sewer Rates Chart through 2023

Storm Sewer Rates

The storm sewer portion of your water utility bill will increase by 5% in 2018. For a typical single family residence, the storm sewer charge will increase from $29.60 to $31.08 per quarter or from $9.87 to $10.36 on a monthly basis.

The 2020-2023 rates are estimates only and will require subsequent Common Council approval.

 Projected Storm Sewer Rate Increases
   2015 2016 2017  2018  2019B  2020F  2021F  2022F  2023F 
 Rate Increase 16%  11%  10%  6%  5%  5%  5%  0%  0% 
 Quarterly Residential Bill Est.  $23  $25  $28  $30  $31  $33  $34  $34  $34
 Quarterly Restaurant Bill Est.  $564  $627  $690  $731  $768  $806  $846  $846  $846
 Quarterly Laundromat Bill Est.   $57  $63  $70  $74  $78  $82  $86  $86  $86
 Quarterly Office Bldg. Bill Est.  $422  $470  $517  $548  $575  $604  $634  $634  $634

Projected Storm Sewer Rates Chart Through 2023

Water Rates

The City plans to apply to the Public Service Commission for approval of a 3.0% increase in water rates beginning on the bills issued February 1, 2019. The increase in the rates is necessary to finance water meter and main replacements and due to an increase in the cost of water from the City of Milwaukee. The average water bill, including the public fire protection charge, will increase from $121.82 to $125.47 per quarter or from $40.61 to $41.82.

Water and Sewer Comparisons

For comparison purposes, a survey of benchmark communities’ utility rates was conducted with the results shown below. The City's average utility costs were in the top quartile of the benchmark communities. Variances between communities can be caused by the age and miles of infrastructure, rate of replacement, source of supply, how the municipality charges for storm water services and whether or not the municipality is part of the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

Average Monthly Household Costs

The average residential total quarterly bill including charges for water, sanitary and storm sewer will increase from $271.54 to $283.72, approximately a $12.18 or 4.5% increase. Despite these rate increases, your total water bill remains less than most other monthly household costs.


Chart of Average Monthly Household Costs

Sources

Telephone: $90 for average family cellular phones (http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/02/how-to-save-money-on-your-cell-phone-plan/index.htm) plus $23 for a landline with long distance.

Gasoline: 12,000 miles per year @25 mpg X $2.47/ 12 months (Milwaukee average on 12/29/17 based on www.WisconsinGasPrices.com)

Electric: 694 kWh per household (per Department of Energy residential monthly average) * $0.12885 net energy charge + $0.52602 facilities charge X 30 days + fees.

Cable: http://www.leichtmanresearch.com/press/092316release.html

Natural Gas: 858 therms per year (per Department of Energy residential annual average)/2014 number of Wisconsin households (conversion to therms)/12 months* $0.707978 net rate + .33 facilities charges X 30 days.

(*Wauwatosa Utility Bill includes Sanitary, Storm, and Water at 2018 rates.)

More Information

Residential Rate Insert | View Here
Commercial Rate Insert | View Here

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