MMSD plans sharp jump in capital spending in 2020

Sep 11, 2019

he Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is proposing increased spending in 2020 for services that range from wastewater treatment to flood control and the production of Milorganite fertilizer.  

The district, which manages the region’s sanitary system for 1.1 million people, is proposing a large increase in capital spending next year and will use borrowing to reduce the effect on property taxpayers.  

In Milwaukee County, for the owner of a $200,000 home, the property tax bill is expected to cost $329.15 — up $5.66, or 1.75%, over this year.

A separate user charge, on average, adds another $145.45. That would increase $5.23, or 3.7%, from 2019.  

In all, district officials estimate that the owner of a $200,000 home will pay an additional $10.89, or 2.3% more than this year, for a total of $474.60. 

The 10 communities served by the district outside the county are expected to make smaller payments next year. They will pay a total of $28.4 million, or a drop of 5.7%, in part, because they are not required to pay for flood control spending that does not benefit their communities.   

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