Previous Rate Proposal Information
Here you can review historic rate proposals generated by MSD Staff and submitted to MSD’s Rate Commission, including published summary overviews, rate recommendation reports of the Rate Commission to the Board of Trustees, and related exhibits.
2018 Stormwater Rate Proposal
This section contains the 2018 Stormwater Rate Proposal Summary Overview, and the Rate Recommendation Report of the Rate Commission to the Board of Trustees.
Below is the link to view all agendas, journals, and transcripts for meetings of the FY2018 Stormwater Rate Commission. The second link will allow you to view all relevant Exhibits.
FY2017-2020 Stormwater Rate Proposal
This section contains FY2017-2020 Rate Proposal Summary Overview and the Rate Recommendation Report of the Rate Commission to the Board of Trustees.
MSD staff most recently submitted a proposal to the Rate Commission in 2015. Specifically, on February 26, 2015, MSD staff submitted a rate change proposal for funding wastewater and stormwater that encompasses fiscal years 2017 through 2020 (July 1, 2016, to June 30, 2020). Formal deliberations of the Rate Commission began shortly thereafter. Beyond the formal deliberations, from March 13, 2015, through July 10, 2015, 22 meetings were held by the Rate Commission itself, MSD staff, or outside organizations, so that the public could learn more about the proposal and offer feedback.
On July 30, 2015, the Rate Commission submitted its recommendation to MSD’s Board of Trustees. The Rate Commission’s recommendation for wastewater rates reflected two changes versus the proposal that MSD staff submitted:
- Anticipate an increase in Late Fee Revenues equal to the percent increase in rates. The impact of this change decreased the proposed request for wastewater revenues by $2.35 million over four years.
- Instead of assuming a 5.5% annual increase in utility costs, assume a 1.5% annual increase. The impact of this change decreased the proposed request for revenue by $6.83 million over four years.
Per the Charter change creating the Rate Commission, MSD’s Board of Trustees reviewed the recommendation. On October 8, 2015, the report containing the recommendation was formally accepted by the Board.
FY2013-2016 Rate Proposal
On May 10, 2011, MSD staff presented a proposal to our Rate Commission recommending customer wastewater rate increases to help fund more than $1 billion in needed wastewater system improvements between Fiscal Years 2013 and 2016.
After a process that included several public hearings, the Rate Commission recommended a proposal that consisted of a series of smaller rate increases to MSD’s Board of Trustees in October 2011. The Board of Trustees approved the proposal in December 2011.
In June 2012, voters approved Proposition Y, which allows MSD to issue $945 million in bonds. MSD’s Board of Trustees approved the issuance of the bonds, and the rate proposal took effect July 1, 2012. The first round of bonds were issued in August 2012.