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Ratepayers Protest Prospect of Massive Sewer Bill Increases

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FLORISSANT (KMOX)Why does it cost more to flush the toilet than fill the bathtub? was the question posed to sewer district officials at their latest rate hike hearing.

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Metropolitan Sewer District Executive Director Jeff Theerman gave them a familiar answer — that sewer rates were kept way too low, especially in the 80s, and now homeowners will pay the price for procrastinating on system upgrades.

“I don’t disagree with what you’re saying, with respect to the past,” Theerman said.

The Environmental Protection Agency is ordering a billion-dollars worth of work on the sewers, and in short order.

As a result, the district proposes raising rates by 60-percent.

Monday night’s hearing was in Florissant. The next one is scheduled for Wednesday evening at the Herbert Hoover Boys and Girls’ Club.

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