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Last Meeting On MSD Rate Hike Next Week

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – A series of public hearings on a proposed rate hike for the Metropolitan Sewer District are nearing an end.

MSD spokesman Lance LeComb says Rate Commission members realize customers are groaning at the thought of higher wastewater bills but a recent string of broken mains and collapsed roadways highlight the aging infrastructure they’re dealing with.

“They are all over the area. This isn’t a city issue or a county issue, its a community issue,” explains LeComb.

If the Metropolitan Sewer District gets the rate increase its looking for, the average customer’s bill would rise from around $28 a month to the mid-to-high 40’s.

But LeComb says the Rate Commission won’t be turning a deaf ear to customers concerns about the increase.

“They’re in a very tough rock and a hard place position so to speak. How do you build these improvements, which are required, during these trying financial times.”

Members of the public have one more chance to make their case to the rate commission , on Thursday October 6th.

MSD is trying to fund a billion dollars in capitol improvements starting next summer.

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