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News Release


DATE:             Nov. 2, 2018
CONTACTS:   Jennifer Sereno, communications, 608-770-8084, Jennifer.Sereno@madsewer.org 
SUBJECT:      Approved sewerage district budget preserves affordability, sets course for resiliency

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Commission has approved a $40.7 million budget for 2019 that invests in infrastructure, information technology and strategic initiatives as part of the district’s long-term vision for enriching life through clean water and resource recovery. 

“The 2019 budget directs resources for infrastructure upgrades, energy management and an assessment of new information technology needed to manage our plant and collection system,” said Michael Mucha, the district’s chief engineer and director. “The budget also continues our commitment to innovative programs that reduce pollution at the source.”

The district manages three major categories of revenues and expenditures through an operating budget; a capital projects budget; and a debt service budget. For 2019, total operating revenue is projected at $40.7 million, up from a budgeted $37 million in 2018. Total operating expenditures are also budgeted at $40.7 million, up from a budgeted $37 million in 2018.

The 2019 operating budget revenues and expenditures include a $1.2 million transfer of money from a general reserve fund to increase fund balances in the equipment replacement fund and capital projects fund for future needs beyond 2019. The adopted budget includes a service charge increase of 6.3 percent.

The district does not charge or receive revenue directly from end users; instead its costs are passed through 26 customer communities that bill households directly using local cost recovery methods. The district works closely with customer communities to fairly allocate costs while maintaining affordability.

For 2019, the district’s planned revenues and expenditures are projected to result in average annual household service charges of $195, up 6 percent from $184 in 2018 for district provided services. The increase amounts to 92 cents per month for an average residential customer. Local utility costs also appear on end user’s bills.

Established in 1930 to protect the lakes and streams of the upper Yahara watershed, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District today serves 26 Madison area customer communities covering some 184 square miles and 380,000 people. The district owns and operates 141 miles of pipe and 18 regional pumping stations that convey approximately 41 million gallons of wastewater to the Nine Springs Wastewater Treatment Plant each day. Organized as a municipal corporation, the district is a leader in sustainability and resource reclamation; its rates are established by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Commission.

See the Oct. 11, 2018 and Oct. 25, 2018 commission agenda topics related to draft budget amendments. 

The Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District operates from three budgets.

  • The operating budget funds the operation and maintenance expenses for the day-to-day collection, conveyance and treatment of wastewater. It also provides income to the debt service fund. The primary revenue source for the operating budget is sewer service charges paid by our 37 customer communities. The district does not direct bill homes and businesses. Communities bill these fees and any additional fees as part of their utility charges.     
  • The capital projects budget together with the debt service budget funds construction of new and replacement facilities. The primary revenue sources for the capital projects budget are Clean Water Fund loans and interceptor and treatment plant connection charges.  
  • The debt service budget funds the debt obligations from our Clean Water Fund loans. The primary source of revenue for this budget is sewer service charge income collected in the operating budget and transferred to the debt service fund.
                        The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) presented a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award to Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District, Wisconsin for its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning January 1, 2016. In order to receive this award, a governmental unit must publish a budget document that meets program criteria as a policy document, as an operations guide, as a financial plan and as a communications device.          

Contact Information

Budget and Finance                                          Capital Improvements Plan
Shirley Fox, Comptroller/Office Manager
608-222-1201 ext. 207
  Todd Gebert, Capital Planning Engineer
608-222-1201 ext. 235


Annual Report & Executive Summaries

To meet Wis. Sta. 200.11 (1)(e) the district produces an annual report. An executive summary is also produced yearly, which highlights accomplishments from the year.

2017 Annual Report
2017 Executive Summary
2016 Annual Report
2016 Executive Summary