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File #: 190252    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/29/2019 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/18/2019
Effective date:    
Title: Substitute Resolution relative to a rate increase for Milwaukee Water Works.
Sponsors: THE CHAIR
Indexes: FEES, WATER WORKS
Attachments: 1. Memo Common Council File 190252
Number
190252
Version:
SUBSTITUTE 1

Reference

Sponsor
The Chair

Title
Substitute Resolution relative to a rate increase for Milwaukee Water Works.
Analysis
This resolution authorizes and directs the proper City officials to apply to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a water rate increase of 3% using the simplified rate case process. The increase will not be implemented before August 31, 2019 for an effective 2019 annual increase of 1.0%.
Body
Whereas, The Milwaukee Water Works is a self-financing business enterprise of the City of Milwaukee that provides safe and abundant drinking water in the City of Milwaukee and 15 neighboring communities; and

Whereas, The Milwaukee Water Works must maintain adequate revenue to produce high quality drinking water and properly operate, maintain and repair its extensive infrastructure, and achieve an accelerated main replacement cycle; and

Whereas, The Milwaukee Water Works is eligible to apply for a rate adjustment using the Simplified Rate Case process because one full calendar year has elapsed since the last rate adjustment in September 2017 and the utility’s rate of return of 3.04% is below the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin’s benchmark rate of return of 5.7%; and

Whereas, The Simplified Rate Case process helps utilities maintain rate continuity so that customers benefit from avoiding sporadic, volatile rate increases; and

Whereas, the rate increase factor prescribed by the Public Service Commission for the Simplified Rate Case process for 2019 is 3%, which is an annualized increase of 1.0% for 2019 when implemented after August 31, 2019; and

Whereas, 3% would increase annual revenue by approximately $2.7 million and the increase to the average residential customer using 15 Ccf of water per quarter would be $1.75 per quarter or $7.00 per year; however, the increase would be in place for less than four months in 2019 so revenue would increase by $896,000 and customer increa...

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