Sewer Service Charges

Union Sanitary District periodically must increase its rate to continue providing safe, reliable, and environmentally responsible wastewater services to its customers. All property owners in the District’s service boundaries were recently mailed a Notice of Public Hearing regarding proposed rate increases for Fiscal Years 2021 through 2025. A public hearing to consider the proposed rates will be held at 7:00 p.m. May 11, 2020. The District has been and will be continuing to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation as well as state and county orders and will be working to ensure the health and safety of residents and compliance with the law through this process. We will provide updates, such as how to participate in meetings electronically, as we move forward.

The COVID-19 crisis has financially stressed many of the District's customers, and we recognize that a wastewater service rate increase, though a small part of household budgets, may add further worry. The District considered the impacts of postponing the increase, and it became very clear that any delay would be financially unwise and severely impact the District's operations in the years ahead. The proposed rate increases are the product of several years of studies and evaluations of infrastructure investment needs which were initiated long before the COVID-19 crisis.

PDFs of the mailer, the cost of service analysis upon which the proposed rates are based, a detailed fact sheet, and answers to frequently asked questions may be found at the links below:

USD Rates in Perspective:

Service Charges Chart

Compared to other utilities and services, USD's monthly rates are the lowest:

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Sewer Rate shown is USD's FY 2020 single-family residential rate (July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2020.) Other monthly utility rates are based on a typical residential household and were obtained from service providers where possible. Gas and Electricity rate is based on an annual average for a 1,500 sq. ft. home in USD’s service area. Cell phone monthly bill is based on a typical calling plan for a family of four.

 

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