Proposition Y

Sewer Rate Increases
4:06 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

MSD board expected to finalize series of rate increases

The exterior of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District building on Market St. in St. Louis.

Today, the board of trustees of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is expected to finalize a series sewer rate increases - the result of voter approval of Proposition Y on June 5.

MSD spokesperson Lance LeComb says those increases will slowly phase in over the next four years, like this:

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Proposition Y
12:21 am
Wed June 6, 2012

Voters overwhelmingly approve MSD bond issue

A federal judge has approved a consent decree that requires the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District to spend almost $5 billion on removing illegal sewer bypasses, like the one pictured here.
(courtesy of Ted Heisel/Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

Updated at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to correct election date error and add vote totals.

There was sparse voter turnout but overwhelming support for a major bond issue Tuesday that will allow the Metropolitan St. Louis  Sewer District, to gradually increase rates to pay for necessary upgrades.

Referred to as Proposition Y, the bond issue’s passage means the average MSD customer’s bill will go up from around $29 a month to nearly $44 over the next four years.  That's compared to almost $65 a month had the bond issue not been approved. 

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Proposition Y
6:49 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Sewer bills will go up - vote tomorrow will determine how much

Voters tomorrow will decide by how much, and how fast, their sewer bills will go up to help the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District pay to clean up illegal bypasses like the one pictured here.
(courtesy of Ted Heisel/Missouri Coalition for the Environment)

Customers of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District can expect a bigger bill in July.  A vote tomorrow will determine if those increases are gradual or immediate.

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