MSD Proposing Stormwater Tax for New Sewers

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - If your neighborhood doesn’t have storm water sewers, Metropolitan St Louis Sewer District (MSD) wants to know if you’d like themand how much you’d be willing to pay.

“If you live in far West County, you pay somewhere between $5 and $8 a year for stormwater service and receive almost nothing other than us having our state stormwater permit,” says MSD Executive Director Brian Hoelscher. “If you happen to live in the area between the city and 270, you’re paying upwards of $55 a year.”

He says a lot of people don’t understand why people are paying different amounts and getting different services.

Hoelscher says the district is holding a series of meetings to gather feedback on a potential tax that would pay for new sewers.

In 2012, a previous effort, dubbed a stormwater fee, was thrown out by the courts.

This time, Hoelscher says the tax would go before voters in 2016.

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