Rates likely will rise 11 percent overall for Ripon’s water and wastewater utilities.

During the city’s annual financial audit presentation Monday evening, Mike Konecny of Schenck, Green Bay, explained both utilities are expected to lose money.

For that reason, the Common Council voted to move toward raising rates.

The votes mean that the council will bring back a resolution to increase wastewater rates at its next meeting, and will forward a rate case to the Public Service Commission (PSC) requesting a water-rate increase (water rates are governed by the PSC, but wastewater rates are not).

It will be about six months before the PSC acts on it, at which point public hearings will be held.

The council’s decision wasn’t reached unanimously. 

At least one alderman believed it would be worth looking at cutting expenses, rather than simply raising rates, to make the utility budgets balance

Read the full story in the June 30, 2011 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.