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Hudson city sewer customers will see increase in July

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published: May 28, 2014 12:00 AM

Hudson -- Sewer rates will increase for city customers in July after Council May 21 unanimously approved legislation.

Finance Director Jeff Knoblauch said the increase in sewer rates was part of the 2014 five-year plan and would increase monthly bills by $3.03. The average household bill would average $63.59 per month, he added.

The increase would go into effect July 10.

The increase in rates would help to cover the increase in expenses and decrease the sewer fund subsidy from the general fund, Knoblauch said.

The rate increase only affects residents who have sewer service with the city of Hudson, which is about 2,178 customers.

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The average monthly residential sewer bill for 2013 was $60.56. 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, according to legislation.

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 in 2013 they did not want all residents to help pay for NEORSD sewer rates when only approximately 2,178 residential are NEORSD customers. They agreed to increasing rates to reduce the subsidized amount paid by the city.

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