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$136 Million Proposed in 2023 to Reduce Overflows, Basement Backups & Flooding

09/23/22 11:15:am

Contact: Bill Graffin

MMSD Public Information Manager

(414) 225-2077

(Milwaukee, WI) – Overflow reduction and flood management efforts would see a $136 million boost in 2023 under the proposed budgets for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD). If approved, the spending plans would cost the owner of a $200,000 home an additional $15.86 in 2023 compared to the previous year.

Home Valued at $200,000 Estimated to Pay in 2023:

User Charge $159.81  (Up $7.92 or 5.2% over 2022)  
Tax Bill $272.59  (Up $7.94 or 3% over 2022)
Total $432.40  (Up $15.86 or 3.8% over 2022)


Public Hearings Scheduled for MMSD 2023 Budgets

MMSD customers are encouraged to provide input on the 2023 proposed budgets through the contact us form on the MMSD website or at one of the public hearings listed below.  

Monday, September 26th, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. at MMSD Headquarters, 260 W. Seeboth, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Monday, October 10th, 2022, at 8:30 a.m. at MMSD Headquarters, 260 W. Seeboth, Milwaukee, WI 53204

Upon reasonable notice, efforts will be made to accommodate the needs of disabled individuals through sign language interpreters or other auxiliary aids.  For additional information to request these services, contact the Commission Secretary, Office of the Commission at 225-2264, or write to Office of the Commission, 260 W. Seeboth Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53204-1446.

2023 Proposed MMSD Budgets Summary Chart includes a proposed capital budget of $232.2 million, with a tax levy increase of 3%, and a $117.7 million operations and maintenance budget, with a user charge increase of 5.8%.

Capital Budget:

The tax levy is the Capital Budget’s primary funding source. The majority of capital expenditures are for improvements and replacements of assets at the water reclamation facilities and in the conveyance system. The capital budget also funds watercourse and flood management projects, the private property infiltration and inflow reduction program, most of MMSD's green infrastructure work, and 2050 Facilities Plan projects.

Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Budget:

User charges are the O&M Budget’s primary funding source. In addition to user charge billings, MMSD has other operating revenue sources. MMSD's second-largest O&M revenue source is from Milorganite® net revenue. The majority of overall expenditures in the O&M Budget include the operating contract with Veolia Water Milwaukee and energy expenditures at the water reclamation facilities. This budget also funds a significant level of machinery and equipment maintenance at the water reclamation facilities, some of the green infrastructure work, expanded information technology initiatives, marketing efforts for Milorganite®, and expenditures related to MMSD salaries, wages, and benefits.