The Metropolitan Sewer District voted to increase the rate on sewer bills by 20%, which averages to an additional $9.82 per customer per month. MSD now sends the proposal to Metro Council for approval and they hope to have it approved by July.
MSD has plans to spend over $1 billion to update the sewer and flood-protection systems in the metro area. The extra revenue will be used for maintenance and repair of areas that they say are long overdue. According to the MSD Executive Director, Tony Parrott, many of the sewer systems in the area are 75 – 150 years old and some of the flood pump stations are 70 years old.