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Utility Bills

General Service Rules

Electric/Water/Sewer/Refuse bills are issued monthly and mailed around the 1st of the month for the previous months consumptions. 

PAYMENT INFORMATION:  Payment on utility bills may be made mailed to Black Earth Utilities, PO Box 347, Black Earth, WI  53515 or delivered to the Black Earth Municipal Building where for your convenience a drop box is located to the right of the entrance door or you may bring your payment in to the village office during regular office hours.  Payment can be made by cash or check.  Checks should be made payable to Black Earth Utilities. The date on the check does not serve as sufficient proof to prompt payment of the bill.  Also, failure to receive a bill in no way exempts a customer from the provisions of these rules.  A $15 charge will be applied to the customer's account when a check rendered for utility service is returned as insufficient funds.

PROMPT PAYMENT OF BILLS:  A charge of no more than 1 percent per month will be added to bills not paid within 20 days from the date of issuance.  The last payment shall be applied to the total unpaid balance for utility service, including unpaid payment charges.  This charge is applicable to all customers.

A bill for service is delinquent if unpaid after the due date shown on the bill.  The utility may disconnect service for a delinquent bill by giving the customer at least 10 calendar days prior to disconnection a written notice.  All customers who services are disconnected shall be required to pay a reconnection fee as establish by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC).  Reconnection during Public Works normal business hours (7:30 am to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday) is $25 per hour and after normal business hours (4:00 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday's and Sunday's) is $40.00.  

AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS:  If you have a checking or savings account with the Black Earth State Bank you can have your monthly utility payment automatically deducted on the 20th of each month.  Your utility bills will then be enclosed with your monthly bank statement.  To sign up please contact Stephanie Maier at 608-767-2563 ext. 224. 

Below you will find a breakdown of current utility billing definitions and rates.  The bills and rates are regulated by the Wisconsin Public Service Commission. 

Village of Black Earth Refuse Rates

Charge per month 2004:     $10.59
Please also see "Garbage and Recycling" within the web page for additional information. 

Village of Black Earth Water Utility Rates

The Water Utility billing consists of two components: 

OMR = Operating, Maintenance and Replacement

The OMR charge is based on the size of the water meter installed at the property.
          5/8" = $4.50
          1" = $10.00
          1 1/2" = $18.50
          2" = $30.00
Consumption Charge = the amount of water used according to reading of water meter.
          The consumption is figured per 1000 gallons metered.
                    First 10,000 gallons used each month -  $1.51 per 1000 gallons
                    Next 23,500 gallons used each month - $1.46 per 1000 gallons
                    Over 33,500 gallons used each month - $1.00 per 1000 gallons

Village of Black Earth Sewer Rates

The Sewer Utility billing consists of two components:

OMR = Operating, Maintenance and Replacement

The OMR charge is based on the size of the water meter installed at the property.
          5/8" = $20.00
          1" = $37.50
          1 1/2" = $75.00
          2" = $120.00
Multi unit apartments/condominiums/businesses are $20.00 per unit.  A unit is defined as any separate living area or businesses within a building that is serviced by separate rest rooms.  A duplex equals two units therefore $40.  One unit will be charged $20.00 and any extra units thereafter are charged $20 per unit.

Volume Charge = is based on the amount of water/sewer used and discharged into they system.  The charge is established by the reading of the water meter.
          The consumption is figured per 1000 gallons metered -
                              $9.43 per 1,000 gallons
          Un-metered customers who discharge wastewater into the
                              public sewer system are charged $30 per month.   


Village of Black Earth Electric Utility Rates


PCAC = Power Cost Adjust Clause
All metered rates shall be subject to a positive or a negative purchased cost adjustment charge equivalent to the total amount by which the current cost of power is greater or lesser than the base cost of purchased power. 

OMR = Operating, Maintenance and Replacement Charge

Residential Services - Rg1
Availability:  Available to ordinary residential lighting and applicant use, with single phase motor loads of 5 hp or less individual capacity and total connected loan not to exceed 10 hp.
                           OMR Charge - $5.00
                           Energy Charge - $.066 KWH plus the PCAC

General Services - Gs1
Availability:  Available for all ordinary lighting and commercial power loads.  Individual motor to exceed 20 hp, and total connected load not to exceed 50 hp.
                            OMR Charge - $5.00
                            Energy Charge - $.066 KWH plus PCAC

Large Power - Cp1
Availability:  Available for power, lighting, heating, and cooking to commercial and industrial customers with individual motors of 10 hp or more and total connected load of 50 hp or more or total demand of 40 KWH or more.
                            OMR Charge - $25.00
                            Demand Charge - $.0600 per kilowatt of billed demand
                            Energy Charge - #3.24 per KWH plus PCAC

Outdoor Lighting
Area lighting:     175 MV - $6.10
                         100 HPS - $6.50
                         250 HPS - $7.00

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