A ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals is a mixed bag for the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District.
The decision today is the latest in a series of rulings on a storm water "user charge" the agency implemented in 2007. The charge was based on the impervious area of a property, and replaced a system of a flat tax that could be enhanced by additional taxes in 21 sub-districts.
Cleanup along Dryden Court in St. Louis two days after sewer backups triggered massive flash flooding in June 2011. Power outages at MSD's pumping stations caused the floods, but a new system to monitor the power for those stations is forthcoming.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is urging its customers to weigh in on a proposed rate increase that could push monthly sewer bills to $85 a month within 10 years.
"Without that input, we're going to be making some very important decisions on our own, and when you look at the cost, it really needs to be a community conversation," said agency spokesman Lance LeComb.