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Oldham Co. sewer rates will increase July 1

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By Drew Nichter

County residents will soon pay more for sewer services.

Oldham County Fiscal Court April 16 approved a request from the Oldham County Environmental Authority to increase sewer rates for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

Magistrates voted 8-1 in favor of a 3 percent increase and a $2.15 bump in OCEA’s compliance surcharge.

The rate and surcharge hikes kick in July 1.

Based on an average monthly water usage of 5,500 gallons, customers will see an approximate $3.50 monthly increase in sewer service fees.

OCEA board treasurer Art Henson said the compliance surcharge covers debt for ongoing improvements to the sewer system.

Henson said upgrades to sewage plants and lines are mandated by the Ky. Division of Water and Environmental Protection Agency and requires OCEA to borrow money to complete the projects.

OCEA’s stormwater fee is unchanged for 2013-14. Customers will pay $33.84, the same as last year.

The annual fee goes to cover costs associated with the county’s stormwater management system.

Email us about this story at: drew@oldhamera.com.