Middletown raising some utility rates for 2021: How much it will cost

Middletown is raising its storm water and trash collection rates in 2021. FILE PHOTO


The Middletown Wastewater Treatment Plant on Oxford State Road. Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins is recommending a 7.5 percent water-rate increase and a 15 percent sewer-rate increase in 2017, along with a 75-cent-per-month trash pickup increase next year. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)
Middletown is raising its storm water and trash collection rates in 2021. FILE PHOTO The Middletown Wastewater Treatment Plant on Oxford State Road. Middletown City Manager Doug Adkins is recommending a 7.5 percent water-rate increase and a 15 percent sewer-rate increase in 2017, along with a 75-cent-per-month trash pickup increase next year. (NICK GRAHAM/STAFF)

Sanitary sewer bill rate will see a decrease

Middletown residents will see multiple changes to their utility and trash rates for 2021.

Rates are expected to stay the same for water service, rise for storm water and trash/recycling and decline for sewer service. Middletown City Council will give final consideration to those increases at its Nov. 17 meeting when it is expected to give final approval on the 2021 budget. If approved Nov. 17, the new rates will take effect on Jan. 1, 2021.

Storm water utility

City officials are requesting a 75-cent monthly increase for the storm water utility fee which will raise the rate from $4 to $4.75 a month. The proposed increase will generate an additional $375,000 a year in revenues. This is also the first time there has been an increase in the storm water utility fee since it was established in 2016.

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City Manager Jim Palenick said the increased revenue will be used for capital costs associated with curb replacements due to planned increased paving projects in lieu of assessing property owners.

Sanitary sewer

Middletown’s sanitary sewer rate has been raised and adjusted as needed in the past few years as the city builds up its funding to cover various federally-mandated projects in the 25-year, $265 million Long Term Control Plan.

The plan is part of a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to address combined sewer overflow control projects along with the major rehabilitation of sewer system and water reclamation plant.

The city is requesting a 5% user rate increase for 2021 for the sewer fund, which is down from the 10% rate increase approved for 2020, according to Scott Tadych, public works and utilities director.

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This rate increase will cost a typical residential user an additional $1.51 per month based on 600 cubic feet of usage, he said.

Tadych said in 2021, the city is budgeting for $8.31 million in LTCP projects including ongoing sewer rehabilitation and water reclamation plant upgrades. In addition, starting preliminary design of the Downtown Storage Basin project required to be completed by 2026 with an overall estimated future cost $40 million.

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Middletown’s sewer rates are currently 55th out of 63 communities surveyed for sewer rates based on the 2020 Oakwood Water and Sewer Rate Survey for southwest Ohio. Middletown’s water rates are currently 15th out of 66 communities surveyed for lowest water rates. Combining both rates Middletown is 41st out of 63 communities surveyed.

SOLID WASTE

Residents will see a $1 increase per month in 2021. The current fee is $15.50 per residential unit per month which would go up to $16.50 per residential unit per month for trash collection, recycling and other services.

This increase would generate a total of $216,000 a year would satisfy the solid waste funds financial projections for next two years and avoid fund deficits. The city is in a second year of a three-year contract with Rumpke.

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