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Water Rates Increasing 38%

Whitefish Bay officials applied to the state for a rate increase because the village's water utility fund was operating at a deficit.

Your quarterly water bill is increasing 38 percent under new rates recently set by state regulators.

At a Whitefish Bay Village Board meeting Monday night, Village Manager Patrick DeGrave said the village's water utility has been operating at a deficit, so it went through a rate case with the Public Service Commission to apply for a rate increase. The PSC set the rate at a 38 percent increase, effective July 1.

"When I took this job a little over a year ago, we were bleeding red. We still are," he said. "The sooner we can get this rate increase in place the sooner we can start to catch up."

The rate increase accounts for a 13 percent increase in gross plant investment, a nine percent increase in operating expenses and an estimated 13 percent increase in water sales volumes as compared to the last water rate case completed in 2010.

Andrew Martin July 05, 2012 at 02:08 AM
Wait! I thought Walker had solved all these problems. Go figure!
Andrew Martin July 05, 2012 at 02:23 AM
Well, if you really want change then get rid of the “Village” model of local governance, and then go out there and campaign for a change to The City of WFB. You’ll love it. Meanwhile, I thought Walker told us that under his budget we would not experience these kinds of tax hikes. Remember that?
Bob McBride July 05, 2012 at 10:50 AM
This really has nothing to do with Scott Walker, Andrew. You'll have a 3rd official (not counting having signed a recall petition, if you signed one of those) opportunity to express your dislike for him by voting against him coming up in 2014. Maybe for you, third time will be the charm.
Andrew Martin July 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Hello Bob, A raise in taxes and/or rates must have something to do with the state budget, and therefore the Governor, who made certain claims and promises concerning how his budget and cuts would fix everything. If not, then it must be mismanagement at the local level. Either way, we will be paying more for our water. I also haven’t noticed much relief in property taxes. But that’s another debate
Bob McBride July 05, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Does Walker oversee the PSC directly, Andrew?

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