SD1 Raises N. Ky. Sewer Rates 5%
By Mike Perleberg
(Boone County, Ky.) – Northern Kentucky property owners will see an increase in their sewer rates in July, and more rate hikes could be on the horizon.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that judge-executives in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties along with Northern Kentucky Sanitation District 1’s board members voted Monday for the 4.9 percent increase to SD1’s sewer rates.
The increase and the revenue it produces will be used to help SD1 pay down $814 million in debt and increased operating costs.
The 4.9 percent hike will be an increase of about $1.98 a month for sanitary sewer service on a typical home, which customers will first notice on their bills in August, according to SD1 figures. Also, the residential flat fee for storm water services will increase $0.24 to $5.04 monthly.
The Enquirer reports that the increase is the first approved by SD1 in two years. The county judge-executives opposed a nine percent rate increase in 2013 following increases of 15 percent in each of the previous four years. SD1 officials say property owners should expect bills to increase even more in coming years as SD1 tries to meet federal Environmental Protection Agency mandates to upgrade its infrastructure.
Public comment on SD1’s rates, which had largely been against the increase, ended June 13.