Cottage Grove Water and Sewer Utility has filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to increase water rates. The increase is necessary due to investments in plant since the last water rate case in 2011.
If the request is granted, the increase in water revenues will be implemented in two steps. The increase in Step I is estimated to be $234,216 which will result in an increase of 25 percent over the water utility’s present revenues. The increase in Step II is estimated to be an additional $75,870, an increase of 7 percent over the Step I revenues, and will be implemented when the Gaston Road water main project has been completed and placed into service.
If the request is granted, the water bill for general service and public fire protection service for an average residential customer with a 5/8-inch or 3/4-inch meter who uses 13,000 gallons of water per quarter will increase from $81.77 to $100.57 in Step I, an increase of 23 percent, and then from $100.57 to $106.87 in Step II, an increase of 6 percent.
A telephonic public hearing on the application has been scheduled for Thursday, September 15, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in the Village Board Room at the Cottage Grove Village Hall, 221 East Cottage Grove Road, Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Scheduling questions regarding this hearing may be directed to the PSCW at (608) 266-3766.
A person may testify in this proceeding without becoming a party and without attorney representation. A person may submit this testimony in one of the following ways:
· Web Comment. Go to the PSCW’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov, click on the “Public Comments” button on the side menu bar. On the next page select the “File a comment” link that appears for docket number 1390-WR-105. Web comments shall be received no later than the day before the hearing.
· Oral Comment. Spoken testimony at the public hearing session.
· Written Comment. Instead of speaking at the hearing, write out a comment and submit it at the public hearing session.
· Mail Comment. All comments submitted by U.S. mail shall be received no later than the day before the hearing and shall be addressed to: Docket 1390-WR-105 Comments, Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI 53707-7854.
The PSCW intends to webcast this hearing live on the PSCW’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov under the “PSC Live Broadcast” button.
All documents in this docket are filed on the Commission’s Electronic Regulatory Filing (ERF) system. To view these documents: (1) go to the Commission’s web site at http://psc.wi.gov, (2) enter “1390-WR-105” in the box labeled “Link Directly to a Case,” and (3) select “GO.”
If you have any questions, please contact the Cottage Grove Water and Sewer Utility
at (608) 839-5813.