A year ago, the city asked a state authority for permission to raise water rates by about 40 percent.

The 11-month public comment period ends July 31 with a 3 p.m. public hearing at Verona City Center, and if accepted by the Public Service Commission, the new rates are expected to be in place starting Oct. 1.

To submit a written comment before the hearing, visit psc.wi.gov. The application has received one comment so far.

The increase would take residential rates to an average of $66.24 per month, up from $47.82, and it would be the first comprehensive change since 2011. The water utility instituted a simplified rate increase in 2017, which is an inflation-based 3 percent bump that can be used a limited number of times.

Verona has one of the lowest rates in Dane County, and the utility has made several investments in infrastructure over the past several years, including a new well being built on the southeast side of the city, but has also managed costs by reducing leakages, the city’s public works director told the Press last year.

Information on the rate case will be in water bills and is available on the city’s website (ci.verona.wi.us) by searching “water rate study” or on the PSC’s website (psc.wi.gov) by searching its dockets for Verona Water Utility.

Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@wcinet.com.