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Driehaus: Hamilton County sewer rates to remain flat

Sewer rates will not go up next year for residents and businesses in Hamilton County next year, according to Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus (WKRC)

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) - Sewer rates will not go up next year for residents and businesses in Hamilton County next year, according to Hamilton County Commissioner Denise Driehaus.

"The big news of the day is that we held sewer rates flat for next year," Driehaus told Local 12. "We're funding aging infrastructure, we're funding a Consent Decree, and we're funding sewer and basement projects. But because of our strategy to try and do some green infrastructure and save dollars that way, we have been able to hold rates flat."

Sewer rates for customers have not increased since 2015.

"And we're also going to the federal government and saying the Consent Decree is a federal Consent Decree, money should follow that Consent Decree," Driehaus said. "It used to in the past, it doesn't anymore. So we need to go back and say we simply can't afford it. The rate-payers can't afford this so we need some assistance making this happen. That should be the big news because it impacts every single person and every business in the county."

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