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Chart: Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District's Rate Increases Since 2005


The Metropolitan Sewer District will increase its rate by 5.5 percent.The "typical" residential sewer bill each month will increase $2.02 and the drainage fee will increase by 40 cents. For those typical residents, the rate increase makes the monthly bill $44.58 based on 5,000 gallons of water consumption.It's a decrease from last year's 5.8 percent and the 6.5 percent levied from 2009 to 2012. Here's how MSD has increased its rates since 2005:

If you're having trouble seeing the graphic, go here.The district's board approved the increase this week, along with its budget for the 2005 fiscal year.In a news release, MSD said: The FY 2015 Operating Budget totals $115.9 million which is a less than 1% increase from last year’s budget. This year's operating budget includes funding to begin the operational transition from 18 wastewater plants to 5 regional treatment facilities by December 2015. The budget also includes $1 million for Strategic and One Water initiatives and a $4.5 million contingency reserve should the community face any major storm events or other emergency needs. The FY 2015 operating budget calls for a staffing plan of 655 full time positions.

Joseph Lord is the online managing editor for WFPL.