of capital cost of pipeline sought
Green Bay Press Gazette
BELLEVUE Representatives from nine Green Bay suburbs
planning to build a $135-million drinking-water pipeline
to Lake Michigan will recommend a change in the way the
suburbs pay for the project, including a connection fee
for new water customers.
Central Brown County Water Authority will discuss
a proposal to shift the capital costs of a drinking
water pipeline to Lake Michigan from water bills
to property taxes at its next regular meeting, scheduled
for 3 p.m. Monday at the Allouez Village Hall, 1649
S. Webster Ave.
gives the authority an option for paying for water we
didnt have before, said Len Teresinski, town
of Hobart chairman and head of a subcommittee charged
with examining a proposal to allocate the capital costs
of the pipeline to property tax roles.
The authority is the Central Brown County Water Authority
the Green Bay suburbs of Allouez, Ashwaubenon,
Bellevue, De Pere, Hobart, Howard, Lawrence, Ledgeview
and Scott. The suburbs voted in 1999 to build the pipeline
and related water system to replace a dwindling supply
of low-quality ground water.
The new system would be sized to meet the needs of the
nine communities in the year 2030. At issue is how to
bill growing communities for system capacity they wont
use until population growth catches up.
The new plan would allocate some system costs to communities
based upon their proportion of the total equalized property
value in all authority communities. The proposed connection
fee for new development would average about $700 for a
single-family home. The fee could be incorporated into
building permits, Teresinski said.
The suburbs thought they had settled the payback issue
in 2000 with a compromise plan. That plan employed a payback
formula that would have charged communities 75 percent
according to water they use, and 25 percent according
to the capacity built into the system for their long-term
The 2000 compromise placated all nine member communities
without really pleasing any, Teresinski said. Joe Linssen
is Ledgeviews water authority representative and
also a member of the subcommittee working on the alternative
payback plan. He voted against the 75-25 plan adopted
in 2000, and said Wednesday he supported the new plan.
think its more related to actual (water) usage,
Under the new payback plan communities would buy a portion
of overall system capacity each year and pay an added
surcharge if they exceed their allocation. The plan is
the brainchild of Tim Woodworth, whos accounting
manager for the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District
and a member of Ashwaubenons Water Advisory Committee.
Woodworth said the new plan takes some of the inequality
out of the 75-25 formula. Youve still got
the largest communities paying the most, Woodworth
said. The ones using the pipeline are the ones paying