December 7, 2017
By David Nordby
The Brillion News
BRILLION – The Brillion Municipal Water Utility’s application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates was approved last week. The hearing, essentially a formality, was done via telephone last Tuesday with Administrative Law Judge Michael E. Newmark.
“[The Brillion Iron Works] was the number one user … that’s the big impact,” Public Works Director Andy Geiger said.
The BIW made up 27 percent of total water consumption and around 43 percent of the industrial class water sales in the city. Metaldyne Performance Group (MPG) closed the foundry in September 2016. The Brillion Municipal Water Utility applied for the increase on May 23.
The prior water rates led to operating revenue of $798,343 for the 2017 test year. That was $108,138 short of the revenue needed. The estimated net investment rate for the 2017 test year is $4,347,623.
The water bill for the average residential customer with a 5/8-inch meter will see a 6.89 percent increase from $58.80 to $62.85. That does not include the public protection charge.
The rate increase was also necessary because of a 7.82 percent increase in gross plant investment since the last water rate case was completed in 2014.
Geiger says that individual users will receive a letter detailing the rate increase.
A print version of this article appeared in the December 7, 2017 edition of The Brillion News.