WAVE 3 News Editorial - June 14, 2016: MSD Rate Hike

WAVE 3 News Editorial - June 14, 2016: MSD Rate Hike

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It is certainly an overreach for the Metropolitan Sewer District Board to approve a 20% rate increase, starting in six weeks.

Louisville's Mayor and Metro Council are wise to question the number - as it would add nearly $10 a month to the typical residential sewer and drainage bill.

There is no question a hike is needed - as MSD's aging infrastructure could lead to significant flood protection failures.

Louisville is not alone in needing repairs and upgrades to sewer lines that are more than 100 years old and flood pumping stations that have outlived their designed lifespan and can go at any time.

It is a national nightmare waiting to unfold.

A more reasonable rate hike is needed and should be approved. The agency shouldn't continue to pile up debt by borrowing more money. But it shouldn't impose a 20% rate increase either.

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