WSSC FY17 Preliminary Proposed Budget Available for Public Review

Customers Can Submit Comments, Attend Hearings in February

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – January 21, 2016: WSSC has published its preliminary proposed FY17 operating and capital budget of $1.4 billion. This budget focuses on the continued rehabilitation of water and sewer pipeline miles and includes a 3 percent increase in water/sewer usage rates and a six dollar increase in the Ready-to-Serve Fee, which will add $3.28 to the monthly bill of a customer using 145 gallons per day.

The proposed rate increase is lower than the 3.5 percent increase included in the Spending Affordability Guidelines approved by Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The preliminary budget completes the full phase-in of the Ready-to-Serve Fee, which has two components: an Infrastructure Investment Fee and an Account Maintenance Fee. With this Ready-to-Serve Fee fully phased in, there will be no increases in customer fixed fees through the FY20 budget. Without the proposed fee changes, the proposed rate increase would be 6.4 percent.

The FY17 preliminary proposed budget for all operating and capital funds is $1.4 billion with preliminary proposed operating budget of $735.5 million and a preliminary proposed capital budget of $685.5 million represents an increase.

A formal budget document is now available at www.wsscwater.com/budget in advance of the February 2016 public hearings. Written comments can be submitted electronically to BudgetGroup@wsscwater.com, or mailed to Letitia Carolina-Powell, Budget Group Leader, WSSC, 14501 Sweitzer Lane, Laurel, MD 20707.

Public hearings on the FY17 proposed budget are scheduled as follows:

Montgomery County                                    Prince George’s County
February 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.                        February 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The Stella B. Werner Office Building             The RMS Building- Room 308
100 Maryland Avenue, 7th Floor                    1400 McCormick Drive
Rockville, MD                                                 Largo, MD

WSSC Headquarters – Laurel
February 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
WSSC Headquarters
14501 Sweitzer Lane

The proposed budget will be submitted to the Prince George’s and Montgomery County councils by March 1, 2016.

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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