Water, Sewer & Stormwater Utility
View the 2020 Utility Rates Chart (PDF).
Effective August 5, 2020, sewer usage charges will increase by 27% while base rates will increase 18%. The charge per 1,000 gallons will increase from $3.14 to $4.00. The bimonthly service charge will increase from $28.05 to $33.00. Please see the 2020 Notice of Rate Increase (PDF) for full details on the sewer rate increase.
The last rate increase was completed in 2016. Rate increases will provide funds to replace and enhance efficient and reliable sewer service and pump station operations in the village. In addition, the rate increase will help offset service charges passed on to the village by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), which services all village sewage. Since 2016, MMSD charges to the village have increase nearly 16% (15.77%) without a corresponding increase in village sewer rates.
Should you have any questions regarding your utility bill, please call the Public Works Department at 608-838-7287 or email Public Works. We can review your account and provide an estimate of how much your bill may increase.
Rate Comparisons & Charts
Water Bill Rates
This graphic shows our water rate relative to other municipal water utilities statewide. As you can see, our standard water rate is on the low side for municipal utilities statewide. The Public Service Commission (PSC) suggests utilities ought to strive to have their rates to be in the middle 50% of rates statewide - the dark-green shaded area. The PSC really wants utilities to be in the light green or dark green shaded areas - essentially that's where 80% of all municipal utilities set their rates. Rates that are in the yellow shaded areas - the upper and lower 10% of all water rates - are viewed by the PSC as likely too low, or too high; as you can see, we're right in the middle of the low-end yellow area.
Water Rate - Cost Recovery
The PSC in setting and approving water rates strives for a balance between utilities charging customers enough to maintain their utility infrastructure and cost of operations, and on the other hand, charging customers too much and generating revenue beyond what they need to run and maintain their system. The two charts "Ability to cover expenditures and debt service" and "Cost recovery" are pretty important for the PSC's consideration of rate hikes. Again, they want utility rates to be in that green-shaded area. Anything in the red is really much too low, from the PSC's perspective of a utility's ability to cover its cost, and anything in the yellow area is likely to be viewed as too low or too high.
These are McFarland's charts for those two areas - in the green, yes, but very close to the yellow, and thus from the PSC's perspective flirting with being too low on these two key indicators of a utility's financial health.