How Our Budget Works

We want you to know...

...about your Utilities.  Throughout the year we will be sharing updates of projects and processes that contribute to maintaining reliable services, competitive rates and the prompt attention you deserve. Establishing and implementing the annual Utility Operating Budget is one of those processes.

This brief video helps explain it in a nutshell. Read on for further details.

Muscatine Power and Water is a community-owned, not-for-profit municipal Utility and because MP&W has no profit motive, Muscatine residents and businesses can expect to see their utility rates remain below national averages wherever possible, while enjoying the advantages of reliability rates that are the envy of many cities, all delivered with outstanding local customer service. 


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Great things will be happening soon!

The recently released Muscatine Power and Water 2017 Operating Budget and 10 year projections indicate there will be a lot of positive activity and construction projects to benefit the entire Muscatine community.


Budget in a Nutshell

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  • The Trustees are Utility customers — local people who serve on behalf of all customers to ensure Utility staff maintains a balance between operating efficiently, spending responsibly and limiting rate adjustments wherever possible
  • Because MP&W is not-for-profit, all income is reinvested into infrastructure and operations, as well as capital improvement projects that not only provide for community betterment now, but serve to hold down future maintenance and emergency recovery costs
  • Based on recent cost of service, power supply and transmission planning studies, scheduled maintenance, and commitments to upcoming community projects, the 2017 budget includes some limited revenue adjustments affecting consumer rates
  • Financial Stability is a Utility Core Value. The limited increases will ensure costs are recovered and financial targets are reasonably achieved

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  • The Muscatine Community to join the elite ranks of “Gigabit” communities, with Internet speeds up to 1024Mbps (1Gbps)
  • The cable TV system will be upgrade to feature-rich Internet Protocol Television (IPTV)
  • MP&W will make telephone service available to customers, using the latest Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
  • Fiber will ensure ongoing reliability and reduce maintenance requirements in the long term
  • A hardening project at the Data center will be completed 

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  • The Electric Utility will move overhead transmission and distribution lines underground
  • The Water Utility will replace water main infrastructure
  • Overhead Communications infrastructure will also be relocated underground along the route

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  • 4 new wells will be built and put into service
  • The water treatment plant will be expanded
  • New water main transmission lines will be installed
  • Aging water mains will be replaced including those located within the scope of the City’s West Hill Sewer Separation Project 

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  • Work in 2017 includes a turbine overhaul which occurs every seven years

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  • Oregon Street and Wiggins Road substation transformers will be rebuilt
  • The 69kV transmission line will be upgraded
  • MP&W will complete distribution system extensions, improvements and upgrades at strategic points throughout the community
  • Upgrades will be made to distribution infrastructure at the Generation plant
  • Phase V expansion of the LED street lighting program will be implemented 

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MP&W’s MachLink® WiMAX wireless Internet which serves customers outside the city limits will receive a major overhaul.
  • In late 2016, Communications will begin the conversion to an LTE system
  • Individual customers will be converted and upgraded beginning in the first quarter of 2017

Read the Details

The full press release for MP&W's 2017 Budget can be read HERE.

Budget Quick Facts

• MP&W Board Trustees received the Utility’s 2017 Operating Budget and Ten-Year Financial Projections at their October 25th meeting. Approval will be requested for the November 29, 2016 Board meeting.

• Our Trustees are local community members who serve on behalf of all customers.

• MP&W is not for profit. All income generated is reinvested into infrastructure and operations, as well as projects for community betterment.

• Based on recent studies, scheduled maintenance, and commitments to upcoming community projects, the 2017 budget includes limited revenue adjustments on consumer rates.

• Financial Stability is a Utility Core Value. The limited increases will ensure costs are recovered and financial targets are reasonably achieved.

• Because the Utility has no profit motive, Muscatine residents and businesses can expect to see their utility rates remain below national averages.

• Providing the Muscatine Area with nation-leading service reliability and outstanding, local customer service is what we do at MP&W.  We are proud to serve you!