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 2017, we repaired or replaced 218,545 feet, almost 42 miles, of sanitary sewer and 73,055 feet, about 14 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 local sanitary sewer portion of your water utility bill will increase by 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 $126.50 per quarter or from $40.04 to $42.16 per month. This will become effective on the February 2019 bill.

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

 
Projected Sanitary Sewer Rate Increases
  2016  2017  2018  2019B  2020F  2021F  2022F 2023F  2023F 
Rate Increase 11%  8%  4% 8% 7%  7%  7%  7%  7%
Projected Bill Increase  7% 6%  7%  5%  5%  5%  5%  6%  5% 
Quarterly Residential Bill Est.  $106  $113  $120  $126  $133 $141   $148  $157  $158

Projected Sanitary Sewer Rates Chart through 2023

Storm Sewer Rates

The storm sewer portion of your water utility bill will increase by 5% in 2019. 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. This will become effective on the February 2019 bill.

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

 
 Projected Storm Sewer Rate Increases
   2016 2017 2018  2019B  2020F  2021F  2022F  2023F 
Rate Increase 11%  10%  6%  5%  5%  5%  3%  3%   
Quarterly Residential Bill Est.  $25  $28  $30  $31  $33  $34  $35  $36

Projected Storm Sewer Rates Chart Through 2023

Water Rates

The City applied to the Public Service Commission for approval of a 3.0% increase in water rates. This will be effective July 1st, 2019. The increase in the rates is necessary to finance water meter and main replacements and 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

 

 Quaterly Water and Sewer Costs by Community

 

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 $283.05, approximately a $12.00 or 4.2% increase. Despite these rate increases, your total water bill remains less than most other monthly household costs.

Average Monthly Household Costs
Chart of Average Monthly Household Costs

Sources

     ·   https://www.consumerreports.org/cell-phone-plans/best-low-cost-cell-phone-plans/

     ·   www.wisconsingasprices.com as of 12/29/18

     ·   12/1/18 WE Energy residential rate. 2017 average monthly usage.

          https://www.eia.gov/electricity/data.php#sales

     ·   12/1/18 WE Energy residential rate. 2017 monthly average

          https://www.eia.gov/dnav/ng/ng_cons_sum_a_EPG0_vrs_mmcf_m.htm

     ·    http://fortune.com/2018/11/15/average-cable-tv-bill-cord-cutting/

(*Wauwatosa Utility Bill includes Sanitary, Storm, and Water at 2019 rates.)

More Information

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

Memo to Financial Affairs Committee

 

 

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