Water rates set to rise in Milton in 2013
MADISON--Typical residential customers of the Milton Municipal Water Utility are set to pay 14 percent more for water next year, less than the utility initially sought, according to Wisconsin Public Service Commission documents.
Residential customers now paying $24.25 monthly for 4,000 gallons of water will pay $27.70 for the same volume when the new rates take effect Jan. 1. Both dollar amounts include the public fire protection charge, according to a rate order the PSC issued Monday.
The city will change from monthly to every-other-month utility billing next year, which will save $6,000 in annual postage cost, City Administrator Jerry Schuetz said. Sewer charges, which will increase by 2 percent on Jan. 1, are included on the water bills being mailed in March, he said.
The new rate increases for the utility’s four categories of commercial customers range from 14-20 percent, 15-23 percent for the three industrial customer categories, 15-26 percent public authority customers, and 15-29 percent for ethanol plant customers. Increases vary based on the amount of usage and size of the service connection.
The utility had sought a 23-percent increase in overall revenue in a rate application filed in August. That request was based on a 5.75 percent return on infrastructure investment and would have yielded an estimated $297,262 in additional revenue over current rates.
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