(Boone County, Ky.) - A serious rate hike may be in store for customers of Sanitation District 1 in northern Kentucky.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports that SD1 officials say the proposed rate increase would be 17 percent next year, followed by 21 percent increases in each of the following four years. The increase in 2014 would take the average SD1 customer monthly bill from $40 up to nearly $47.
The rate hikes are necessary for SD1 to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards by upgrading the region’s infrastructure. Those edicts are the result of a consent decree following a 2007 EPA lawsuit which said SD1 is not in compliance with the 1972 Clean Water Act.
SD1 has already had 30 percent rate increases over the past two years.
According to the Enquirer, SD1 Director David Rager said this week that the utility can raise rates or face skyrocketing federal fines in the future.
For the rate hikes to be implemented, two of the three fiscal courts in Boone, Kenton, and Campbell counties must approve them.
The SD1 Board of Directors hold a special meeting with discussion on the 2014 fiscal year budget on Friday, May 3. Another regular board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21. Both meetings are open to the public. More information is available at http://www.sd1.org/.