The Usage Charge for the Sewer as a Utility

Operating Budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020.

Also see:
 Fee Schedules
 Rate increase 2012 & 2017
 Budget Narrative 2019-2020
 Why the increase?

This is the budget that is approved for the time period July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The largest share of income is from usage charges. The rate increased from $340 per year (set September 2009) to $380 per year beginning September 2012. See a page created to answer the question, “Why the increase?” The rate is held constant for this year.

There are other minor sources of income coming from late payers. Application fees are charged to properties for engineering, legal and inspection for a specific property that is new or improved on the sewer system.

Income:

Current User Fee Income $ 1,561,000
User Delinquent Interest 42,000
Application/Misc. Fees 5,000
Interest Income 9000
Grant Income 406,000
Total Revenues$ 2,023,000

Expenses:

Personnel $ 638,000
Office Operation 94,000
Field Operations 234,000
Utilities 60,800
Grant Studies 670,000
Outside Services 114,000
Danbury Processing 340,000
Contribution to Capital *-38,000
Total Expenses $ 2,023,000

As to expenses …

  • Personnel costs make up the largest share of total annual expenses. There are two office and two field personnel maintaining the Brookfield WPCA enterprise. The head count for the WPCA had remained the same for over 10 years, then increased with the addition of a part-time director in 2018 and full-time field addition in 2019. This is due to increased office and field efficiencies over the years in spite of the fact the system has expanded more than 50% since 2009 with the completion of several projects. A large share of the personnel cost increase can be attributed to escalating pension and benefits costs for Town employees.
  • Field Operations includes minor maintenance and upkeep like landscaping.
  • Utilities are costs to run and monitor the pumping systems.
  • Outside Services include engineering, legal, accounting and audit support. It also includes $30K for completion of the Geographical Information System (GIS) that the WPCA purchased for the Town.
  • The Danbury Processing item is the cost for the regional plant to process sewer water flow. This is the second largest cost for the Brookfield WPCA. Brookfield contributes about 3% of the total flow to Danbury bearing 3% of the total cost each year. This cost is slated to increase with a major plant upgrade to treat phosphorus that has been mandated by the Federal and State governments.
  • The Contribution to Capital is collected in excess of the cost of operation to cover future replacement cost of warn pumps, pipes, trucks and other equipment to run the Brookfield sewer system safely and efficiently. This is consistent with good practice to secure the future without any surprise assessments. The total book assets for the Brookfield sewer system is about $10 Million. The replacement cost is 8 to 10 times this accounting number.
  • * The capital improvement costs beginning 2017 were $303,000 for upgrades in the North area to accommodate growth in the new Town Center District. There has not been a rate increase since June 2017.
  • * The grant studies 2019-2020 will be $670,000 for a Facilities Plan and plans to intercept septic flows in the Candlewood Lake Area and along Dean/Pocono Roads.
  • There has not been a rate increase since June 2017.