WSSC FY16 Preliminary Proposed Budget Available for Public Review
Customers Can Submit Comments, Attend Hearings in February
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – January 21, 2015: WSSC has published the preliminary proposed FY16 operating and capital budget for review prior to its public hearings. The proposed budget of $1.4 billion focuses on the continued rehabilitation of water and sewer pipeline and includes a 6 percent revenue increase. This increase would add approximately $4.20 per month to the average customer bill.
The FY16 Proposed Operating Budget is $715.1 million, representing an increase of $7.9 million (1.1 percent) from FY15. The primary drivers of this increase are water and sewer debt service and the expansion of the Large Valve Program.
The FY16 Proposed Capital Budget is $680.9 million, representing an increase of $55.5 million (8.9 percent). This change in the capital budget is primarily due to the construction of extensive access roads, by-pass pumping and stream stabilization required to complete the federally mandated Consent Decree construction and upgrade of sewer pipelines.
“We are diligently working to upgrade the infrastructure required to deliver quality water to our customers, as well as protect public health,” said Jerry N. Johnson, GM/CEO for WSSC. “Our goal is to replace and repair 57 miles of small water mains this year as we did last and continue the critical Consent Decree work to responsibly rehabilitate the sewer pipelines in our neighborhoods as well as in our most environmentally sensitive areas.”
This proposed budget also includes an increase to the Ready to Serve fee which is comprised of the Account Maintenance Fee and a fixed, infrastructure renewal component. For more information, please visit www.wsscwater.com/proposedchanges
A detailed budget document is now available for review at www.wsscwater.com/budget. Written comments can be submitted electronically to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com, or mailed to Acting Budget Group Leader, WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707 until February 17, 2015.
Public hearings are scheduled for:
WHEN: February 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Stella B. Werner Office Building, 100 Maryland Avenue, 7th Floor, Rockville, MD
Prince George's County
WHEN: February 5, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: RMS Building- Room 308, 1400 McCormick Drive, Largo, MD
In case of inclement weather on either date, the public hearing will be held at 7:30 p.m. on February 11, 2015, in the Commission Auditorium at WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.
The proposed budget must be submitted to the Prince George’s and Montgomery County councils by March 1, 2015.
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.