Sewer rates to increase 6 percent

Dec 11, 2013

Credit Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Like water rates, sewer rates in Hamilton County are increasing.

County Commissioners approved the Metropolitan Sewer District's 2014 budget, which includes a six percent rate hike. MSD is undergoing a massive multi-billion dollar system overhaul required by a federal consent decree.

MSD had asked for a $226.7 million operating budget but the county's new utility oversight director, Dave Meyer, says the sewer district can get by with $210.7 million. Commissioners chose to follow Meyer's recommendation.

MSD estimates the average residential customer will see his/her quarterly bill go from from $188.15 to $199.45.

Water rates are also going up. Earlier this year Cincinnati City Council approved a $12.44 increase ($3.11/quarter) for the average Greater Cincinnati Water Works customer.