By LeAnn R. Ralph
MADISON — The Village of Wheeler has applied to the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin for a water rate increase of 21 percent.
The increase will result in additional annual revenues for the village’s water utility of $14,823.
The notice pertaining to the requested rate increase was dated March 15 and indicated that a public hearing on the matter would be scheduled at a later date.
Based on projected revenues and expenses, the water utility will be operating at a deficit of about $2,000 this year.
According to the application, Wheeler has 115 residential water meters and 14 commercial water meters.
The projected residential revenue for 2013 is $37,835; commercial revenue is projected at $6,106; and public authority revenue is projected at $1,088 — for a total projected revenue from residential, commercial and public authority of $45,029.
The public fire protection service generated revenue of $26,008 for 2009, 2010 and 2011. The estimated public fire protection service revenue for 2012 is $26,216.
The fire protection revenue projected for 2013 is $26,840.
The 2009 total water utility revenue was $70,313.
The 2010 total water utility revenue was $70,392.
The 2011 total water utility revenue was $74,722.
The estimated 2012 total water utility revenue is $70,788.
The projected 2013 total water utility revenue is $72,419.
Operating and maintenance expenses for 2009 were $56,775; for 2010 were $60,599; and for 2011 were $66,976
The estimated operating and maintenance expenses for 2012 are $68,863.
The projected operating and maintenance expenses for 2013 are $74,570.
The accounting firm of Clifton Larson Allen LLP submitted the application for a water rate increase on behalf of the Village of Wheeler.
For more information, visit the PSC’s website at www.psc.wi.gov and enter 6475-WR-103 in the box labeled “Link Directly To a Case.”
Questions about Wheeler’s application for a water rate increase can be directed to David Prochaska at (608) 266-5739 or e-mail him at David.Prochaska@wisconsin.gov.