Annual Regional Utility Rate Surveys Completed

The 2011 AE2S North Central Utility Rate Surveys have been completed.  The surveys include a summary of water, wastewater, stormwater, and solid waste utility rates.  Also included are a variety of charts comparing statistics such as the prevalence and size of transfers from utility funds to other municipal funds, calculated financial operating ratios, recycling statistics, … Read more

2011 Rate Survey Results and Anticipated 2012 Rate Increases

AE2S is pleased to announce that the 10th annual North Central Region Utility Rate Study has been completed and will soon be distributed to all participating utilities.  This year survey respondents included 84 systems greater than 5,000 people outside of the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area (referred to as Metro), 34 systems serving greater than 5,000 … Read more

State Revolving Funds Critical to Funding Local Infrastructure

The Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) provide critical infrastructure funding for wastewater and water projects.  These programs, managed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), provide annual grants to all 50 states and Puerto Rico.  The states are required to match the EPA funds with 20 percent funding which then creates a … Read more

MSRB Adopts Dealer Role-Switching Prohibition

The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) has adopted a significant rule change to address concerns over conflicts of interest by financial intermediaries in municipal bond underwritings.  The change prohibits municipal securities dealers from acting as a financial advisor to a municipal entity on a new bond issue and, subsequently, acting as an underwriter on the … Read more