PORT WASHINGTON - The city is looking into a potential 4 percent water rate increase for average residents.

According to a notice put out by the city, there is a 23 percent increase in utility plant investment as well as a 6 percent increase in operating expenses since the last increase in 2008.

The Port Washington municipal water utility filed an application with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin to increase the rates.

The total revenue increase requested is $116,817, a 5 percent increase over current revenues.

A public hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m., July 18, at the Port Washington City Hall, 100 W. Grand Ave., regarding the potential increase.

Residents interested in commenting but not attending the hearing can file a comment on the PSCW website at psc.wi.gov (Docket 4780-WR-107). Web comments must be received no later than the day prior to the hearing.

Comments can be mailed to the Public Service Commission, P.O. Box 7854, Madison, WI and should be addressed to “Docket 4780-WR-107 Comments.”

The hearing will also be broadcast live on the PSCW website.

Questions can be directed to the Port Washington municipal water utility at 262-284-5585.

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