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Metropolitan Sewer District asks Hamilton Co. for rate hike

Metropolitan Sewer District is asking Hamilton County commissioners for more money. (FOX19) Metropolitan Sewer District is asking Hamilton County commissioners for more money. (FOX19)
HAMILTON COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Metropolitan Sewer District is asking Hamilton County commissioners for more money to continue with infrastructure improvements mandated by a federal consent decree.

Sewer rates would go up five and a half percent for rate payers.

“These increases have become a burden on rate payers,” MSD Executive Director Tony Parrott says. “I think the county and the city took steps during the negotiation of the consent decree to try to minimize those burdens.”

Parrott also says the consent decree has hurt MSD's ability to maintain an aging sewer system. He says 13 percent of the 3,000 miles of sewer main is over 100-years-old.

MSD's Assistant Superintendent for Governance and Procurement says the rate hike works out to 13 cents per day.

Meanwhile, with the county's current budget pressures Commissioner Greg Hartmann says he wasn't impressed by MSD's sales pitch. 

“I'll say I'm disappointed by the approach today," Hartman said. "I think we've seen on display a broken relationship and to MSD if you believe we're not going to exert our budgetary over something this important, you're dead wrong.” 

Commissioner Todd Portune says taxpayers are being squeezed by outdated environmental regulations. 

“They are not in tune with fact or reality and it has created a burden on county ratepayers that is not sustainable,” Portune said.

Another public hearing for MSD's rate hike request is set for Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the county commission chambers.

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