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Who pays to cover sinkholes?

COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) - Sinkholes are popping up all over Northern Kentucky streets. In Covington alone, there are more than 40 - so many that city officials say they are running out of covers.

SD1, the second-largest public sewer utility in Kentucky serving more than 290,000 residents in Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, used to pay to for repairs to sewer laterals connecting the system to private property.

But budget cuts in 2013 ended that, resulting in an explosion of sinkholes.

To try to solve the problem, Kenton County Mayors' Group recently passed a resolution requesting SD 1 restore its policy to fix the broken lines.
Residents say they can't afford to pay the repairs, which cost between $3,000 and $15,000. The city has no ability to require them to.
The Kenton County Mayors Group is leading the charge, saying it is creating hazardous conditions for public health and safety.
Kenton County Mayors will meet with Campbell County Mayors Tuesday night in an effort to get them to join the push.
SD1 officials said they will consider the recommendation but there are other issues to consider.
The service was costing the sewer district about $600,000 a year, and  money is still tight.
The sewer board will consider the resolutions before it finalizes the budget at the end of June.
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