Sewer rates on rise

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By Bryan Marshall

For the second time in a year, Dry Ridge residents soon will be paying more for sewer services.

The city council approved increased rates during its Jan. 3 meeting to help pay for construction on a new $15 million sewer plant on KY 36 in Williamstown.

Construction on the facility is about 55 percent complete and will have a capacity of 1.5 million gallons when finished later this year.

Funding for the plant is coming from more than 1,800 sewer customers in Williamstown and Dry Ridge, as well as tap on fees.

In January 2010, the council approved an increase for Dry Ridge residential customers from $21 to$25.48 for a minimum monthly sewer bill per 2,000 gallons of wastewater treated.

The bill for non-residential customers went to $41.23, up from $37.07, monthly as well.

The latest increase will cost a minimum of $37.14 and $52.89, respectively, for residential and non-residential customers.

After the first 2,000 gallons allowed each month, a residential or non-residential customer will pay $13.23, up from $7.40, for each additional 1,000 gallon increment of waste water treated.

City Clerk Cindy Harris said the city of Dry Ridge currently is paying more to the city of Williamstown to process the sewer than what the city is collecting from residents.

“This is really no cushion for us,” said Dry Ridge Mayor Clay Crupper. “This is just about going to fill our gap of what we have to pay. We’re not going to make money out of it.”

The increase charges will take effect with the billing period beginning March 1, 2011.

“Hopefully, this will be our last one that we have to do,” said Crupper.