Special Edition of The Source: More Rate Survey Statistics

The June/July issue of The Source included an overview of the results of the 2011 North Central Region Utility Rate Survey.  The survey for systems serving more than 5,000 people has been printed and is in the distribution process.  The survey for systems serving fewer than 5,000, and for regional water systems, is currently at … Read moreSpecial Edition of The Source: More Rate Survey Statistics

Addressing the Funding of Street/Transportation Infrastructure: Considerations of a User Fee Strategy

The operation of municipal water and sewer systems is funded by charging fees to users based upon how much they use the system.  In some communities, this approach has been taken to fund the repair and maintenance of streets, as well.  Although not a widespread practice, the approach is popular in the states of Oregon … Read moreAddressing the Funding of Street/Transportation Infrastructure: Considerations of a User Fee Strategy

Operating Ratios from Around the Region

One measure of a utility’s capacity to bring in enough revenue to cover operating costs is the Operating Ratio.  Calculated as the total operating revenue divided by total operating expense (excluding depreciation and debt service principal), the minimum target for the Operating Ratio is 1.0. The two graphics shown below illustrate the 2010 operating ratios … Read moreOperating Ratios from Around the Region