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Judges executive meet today to vote on SD1 budget; 5 percent increase in sanitary sewer recommended

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The SD1 Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to recommend a Fiscal Year 2018 budget that addresses necessary improvements to the aging sanitary sewer system; federal requirements to reduce sewer overflows and improve water quality; and community issues ranging from basement backups to sewer capacity.

The judges executive for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties will meet at 9 a.m. today to vote on the recommended budget. The meeting is open to the public and will take place at SD1’s main office at 1045 Eaton Drive in Ft. Wright. Under state law, judges executive may “review and approve, amend, or disapprove the district’s proposed budget.”

The recommended budget includes a 5 percent increase in the sanitary sewer service fees charged to customers for FY 2018. If accepted by the judges executive, residential customers would see an average monthly increase of $2.16, or $0.36 per hundred cubic feet (HCF) of water usage, on their SD1 bills for sanitary sewer service.

The rate adjustment would be reflected on customer bills beginning in August 2017.

SD1’s sanitary sewer service fee for FY 2017 was $7.37 for every HCF, or 748 gallons, of water used. A 5 percent increase would result in an FY 2018 sanitary sewer service fee of $7.73 per HCF. Under the recommended budget, SD1’s storm water fee would remain at the current $5.04 per month in the coming FY 2018.

“This limited sanitary sewer rate increase will help us balance our service area’s diverse needs over the next year. However, we know we have enormous hurdles ahead in our continuing effort to fulfill our mission to protect public health, property and the environment and to support the community’s economic vitality,” said SD1 Executive Director Adam Chaney. “As a result, we are working to establish an extended timeline for meeting federal clean water requirements. If granted, this extension will help SD1 achieve its overall goal of keeping rates affordable without sacrificing service.”

As the wastewater and storm water utility for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties, SD1 is responsible for the collection and treatment of the community’s wastewater and the management of the community’s storm water. In carrying out these responsibilities, SD1 must continuously invest in the public sewer system to protect the health of its customers and the environment.

SD1 is responsible for the collection and treatment of Northern Kentucky’s wastewater as well as regional storm water management. SD1 is the second largest public sewer utility in Kentucky, serving more than 290,000 residents throughout Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

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