WSSC Releases Preliminary Proposed FY’14 Budget For Public Hearing

Hearings Scheduled in Rockville and Largo to Receive Public Input

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – January 30, 2013: The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) has published its Preliminary Proposed FY’14 Operating and Capital Budget for public hearing purposes. The preliminary proposed budget of $1.5 billion includes a 7.25% average rate increase in water and sewer rates, which is lower than the Spending Affordability guidelines set by each County last fall. The bulk of this increase is attributed to costs associated with upgrading WSSC’s 95 year old system. The increase would add approximately $5.05 per month to the bill of a customer who uses 210 gallons of water per day. (WSSC residential customers receive quarterly bills).

A copy of the preliminary proposed budget can be found on WSSC’s website: wsscwater.com/budget. To request an alternative method of obtaining a copy, please call 301-206-8100. View highlights of the preliminary proposed budget.

Our top priority is delivering the highest quality water and sewer services to our ratepayers in the most fiscally responsible manner possible,” said Jerry Johnson, WSSC’s CEO and General Manager. “We are in the midst of a critical phase of the work needed to upgrade our aging infrastructure, which requires a significant investment of labor and funding. This year’s preliminary proposed budget reflects our commitment to carrying out these efforts in a strategic manner that melds both short-term priorities with a long-term vision aimed at reducing future costs.”

According to Maryland law, the Commission must submit a budget to the County Executives of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties by March 1, 2013. In an effort to solicit feedback on the proposed budget before transmittal, WSSC is convening two public hearings in February. After WSSC submits its proposed budget, the Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils must approve the final budget no later than June 1, 2013. The budget will become effective on July 1, 2013.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY

When: February 6, 2013
7:30 p.m.
When: February 7, 2013
7:30 p.m.
Where: Stella B. Werner Building
7th Floor Council Hearing Room
100 Maryland Avenue
Rockville, MD 20850
Where: RMS Building
Room 308
1400 McCormick Drive
Largo, MD 20774

INCLEMENT WEATHER / CANCELLATION DATE

  When: February 13, 2013
7:30 p.m.
 
  Where: WSSC Headquarters
Lobby Level Auditorium
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707
 

Those who wish to speak at either of the hearings should contact WSSC's Budget Group at 301-206-8110 prior to the hearing dates. The public hearing record will remain open until February 18, 2013. Those who wish to submit a written statement for inclusion in the record of the hearings should e-mail the statement to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com or send it to Mr. Christopher Cullinan, Budget Group Leader, WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.

For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.

 

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