Montgomery and Prince George’s County Councils Approve WSSC’s FY ’17 Budget
Budget Includes Rate and Fee Increase of $3.28 a Month for the Average Household
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – May 12, 2016 – Montgomery and Prince George’s County councils held their Bi-County Meeting today and voted to approve WSSC’s Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) operating and capital budget of $1.4 billion. The budget once again focuses on the continued rehabilitation of water and sewer pipeline miles throughout WSSC’s system. This year’s budget also includes a 3 percent increase to water/sewer usage rates and the full phase-in of the Commission’s Infrastructure Investment Fee which will add $6 per quarter to the Ready-to-Serve charge. The 3 percent rate increase combined with the change to the Infrastructure Investment Fee will add $3.28 per month to the bill of a customer using 145 gallons per day.
The FY17 Operating Budget represents $735.5 million, an increase of $20.4 million or 2.8 percent over last year’s budget. The FY17 Capital Budget represents $685.5 million, an increase of $0.9 million or 0.1% over last year.
The rate increase included in this year’s budget is lower than the 3.5 percent increase included in the Spending Affordability Guidelines approved by Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The $6 increase to the Infrastructure Investment Fee, a component of the Ready-to-Serve charge completes the two-year phase-in, which assures customers no additional increases to fixed fees through at least the FY20 budget.
“As we move towards becoming a world class utility, replacing and upgrading our infrastructure is a continuing critical focus,” said WSSC General Manager and CEO Carla A. Reid. “We’ve taken tremendous strides over the past decade, and with the ongoing cooperation of the County Executives and County Councils, we need to continue. A sound infrastructure enables us to carry out our primary mission…water and sewer services…for our customers. We are also focusing on how to provide excellent service in ALL aspects of what we do.”
The FY17 budget also includes $2.2 million in revenue offset, an increase from $1.7 million last year, for the continued administration of the Customer Assistance Program (CAP) which was created last year. Customers who are eligible for the Office of Home Energy Programs receive a credit for fees on their WSSC bill through CAP.
Prior to officially proposing the budget, WSSC held 3 public hearings, one in each county and a third at WSSC headquarters.
WSSC Commissioners will vote to adopt the budget at their June meeting. The new budget will take effect July 1, 2016.
WSSC Water is the proud provider of safe, seamless and satisfying water services, making the essential possible every day for our neighbors in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. We work to deliver our best because it’s what our customers expect and deserve.