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The timing wasn't exactly "perfect". Today's mention in the Freeman and Journal Sentinel of Waukesha's 20 year, $100 million plus, estimate of purchasing Lake Michigan water from Milwaukee happened to coincide with mention of Milwaukee's request for a 36% water rate increase for suburbs purchasing water.
But Milwaukee is standing firm, telling the suburbs, in effect: How we spend the money is none of your business.
Ald. Bob Bauman said Monday. "How the money is used is irrelevant."
"The dramatic increase proposed by the Milwaukee Water Works, for the purpose of bolstering the general fund of the City of Milwaukee, would be an unjust and unreasonable burden on the ratepayers in our communities, who would see no benefit from the increase or from such general fund contributions,"