Some Hudson residents could see sewer rate increase in July

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- Residents who have sewer service with the city of Hudson could see a 5 percent rate increase this year if Council approves the legislation.

A public hearing is scheduled for May 21. If passed by Council that night, the increase would go into effect July 20.

The average monthly residential sewer bill for 2013 was $60.56. The increase will add $3.03 per month, according to Jody Roberts, communications manager.

The base sewer rate will increase from $8.44 to $8.86 per 100 cubic feet, and the availability charge will increase from $9.93 to $10.43, she said.

The $5 monthly capital repair and replacement fee will stay the same.

The rates hikes will cover increased charges by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, which treats Hudson's sewage, according to city officials.

The city raised sewer rates by 5 percent in 2010 and 2011 and 10 percent in 2012 and 2013.

The city assumed a 5 percent rate increase each year in the Five Year Plan for 2015, 2016 and 2017. Council and city staff revisit the need for any increase for consumers on an annual basis.

The city has been subsidizing sewer rates with $750,000 estimated for 2014 from the general fund to pay the charges by NEORSD. The 2015 budget shows the subsidy reduced to $650,000 and then $450,000 for subsequent years.

Council members agreed last year they did not want all residents to help pay for NEORSD sewer rates when only approximately 2,178 residential are NEORSD customers. They have been raising rates to reduce the subsidized amount paid by the city.

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