Water & Sewer Utility Rates
General information about the proposed rate increases have appeared in the Jan/Feb 2018 edition of the Village of Weston Newsletter "The Weston Wire". Both utilities performed a rate study with consultants within the last 12 months. These studies included estimated expenses for the next five years and the rate needs to cover those expenses. The current proposals are based on the 2018 budget needs.
Background on the rate increases including an overview of the major changes in expenses is contained in the following summary reports.
The Village has estimated the effect of the proposed increase on the customers utility bills for customers using 12,000 gallons and 17,500 gallons per quarter. The combined rate increase for both utilities would increase a residential customer's bill for 12,000 gallons by $22.40 per quarter and a bill for 17,500 gallons by $28.72 per quarter after implementation of Step II of the water rates. Customers of Weston Municipal Utilities within the Village of Rothschild will be direct billed for public fire protection charges as a result of rate changes being adopted by Rothschild concurrently with Weston's changes. Public fire protection charges for a 3/4" meter are $17.49 per quarter in addition to other charges. More information is available in the presentation linked to this page.
A Public Hearing will be conducted by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin at the Village muncipal center August 1, 2018, at 2:00 PM. The PSC Administrative Law Judge will be conducting the hearing remotely via telephone. Customers can upload comments to the docket, #6420-WR-103, on the PSC website or is accessible at the following link: http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2017/dockets/content/detail.aspx?id=6420&case=WR&num=103
Step 1 water rates are anticipated to be effective September 1, 2018, and Step II in April 2019.
Sewer rates are anticipated to be made effective September 1, 2018, with an across the board increase of 15% to remain in effect through 2019.
Since the rates have not been finalized this information is still an estimate that is subject to change.
The current water rate will remain in effect until the Wisconsin Public Service Commission has conducted a public hearing and issued a rate order and the Village implements those rates following that order.