“Water and sewer utilities are businesses. If run and financed well, they become invisible wonders providing excellent service. If not, they become very visible sources of trouble for a community.”-- On Tap Magazine
Over the past 8 months, Baxter & Woodman Consulting Engineers, with assistance from the Village, has been working on completing a Water & Sewer Rate Study with a goal of providing equitable cost distribution and long-term sustainability for the water and sanitary sewer systems. This rate study was conducted to determine if the current rate structure, which was established in the 1980s, is still applicable and appropriate; and further, to ensure that rates are equitable and defensible in accordance with American Water Works Association (AWWA) guidelines. The study considers such factors as financial impacts on various customer classes; the division of water and sewer expenses within the overall enterprise fund; and overhead costs to the water and sanitary sewer utilities. The study also includes an evaluation of current and projected spending for water and sewer system capital improvement projects. This includes projects needed to maintain existing equipment and piping systems in good working condition, such as water main replacement, sanitary sewer lining, pump rehabilitation, water meter replacement, and water storage tank painting.
Below please find the Water and Sewer Rate Study Report, as well as May 9, 2011 Committee of the Whole meeting presentation.