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MSD by the numbers...

1,300,000 customers
6,500+ miles of wastewater pipes
3,000+ miles of stormwater pipes
525 square mile service area
79 original sewer districts combined

2015 MSD Rate Proposal

7 wastewater treatment plants


4th largest sewer system in US

Two Utilities Require Two Proposals


MSD is both a wastewater and a stormwater utility and funds must be accounted for separately.
The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) submitted a rate proposal to its Rate Commission
for both wastewater rates and stormwater revenues for fiscal years 2017 through 2020 (July 1,
2016 to June 30, 2020). These proposed changes would apply to all MSD customers.

WA S TE WATER
Proposal Objective: The wastewater rate proposal seeks to fund a four-year, $1.5 billion capital
improvement program to meet regulatory and system improvement needs.
Within this program, MSD would:




Eliminate sanitary (wastewater) sewer overflows from sewer pipes


Reduce combined sewer overflows (where wastewater and stormwater share a pipe)
Prevent building backups
Repair and rehabilitate an aging system
Increase wastewater treatment plant capacity

Cost: Based on average monthly water usage of a single-family residence, a ratepayers


monthly wastewater sewer bill would resemble the following rates, shown here with and
without bond approval.

WITH BO N D F I NAN C I N G 1

$$$
% Change
FY16 $40.72 13.1%
FY17 $44.72
9.8%
FY18 $49.56 10.8%
FY19 $54.91 10.8%
FY20 $60.86 10.8%

N O BO N D F I NAN C I N G 2

$$$
% Change
FY16 $40.72 13.1%
FY17 $44.72 9.8%
FY18 $73.80 65.0%
FY19 $83.46 13.1%
FY20 $96.01 15.0%

Wastewater Service:
MSDs wastewater
management involves the
collection and treatment
of used water from sinks,
toilets, and floor drains at one
of seven treatment plants,
where it is treated to high
standards before returning to
our regions waterways.

Wastewater Proposal:
MSD proposes authorization
of $900 million in additional
bonds to fund this four-year
capital program, in order to
make needed rate increases
more manageable.

With Bonding: Projects are funded with cash and debt. 2 No Bonding: Projects are funded with cash. All numbers
above are based on average usage of 700 cubic feet per month (7 Ccfs). This is the equivalent of 5,236 gallons.

B E N E F IT S :

24

Miles of Storage
& Conveyance
Tunnels Designed

39

Sanitary
Sewer
Overflows
Removed

2 26

3 60

Wastewater Miles of Sewer


Construction Rehabilitation
Projects

59 8

Wastewater
Planning, Design,
& Construction
Projects

1 ,60 0 6 ,0 0 0 3 , 81 4

Miles of Sewer
Inspected With
CCTV

Manhole
Rehabilitations

Miles of
Sewer
Cleaned

S TORMWATER

Stormwater Service:

Proposal Objective: The stormwater revenue proposal resolves years of


unequal service across the MSD service area. The proposal covering fiscal
years 2017 through 2020 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2020) seeks to comply with
regulatory demands and infrastructure needs by delivering a four-year $90.8 million
operations program and a six-year $97.6 million capital improvement program.
Within this program, MSD would:
Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal stormwater regulations
Address impacts of stormwater runoff on water quality of receiving streams
Fund complete operations and maintenance of public storm sewer system
Cost: Because the current revenue system is based on geography, the cost varies based
on where a ratepayer lives. The map in red, green, and yellow shows the current revenue
system. The map in blue shows the proposed revenue system.

C URREN T S TORMWAT ER RE VENUE


The tax data below are based on an average assessed
value for a single-family residence in the noted areas
(not including an annual $2.88 fee assessed to
wastewater customers). All taxes are calcuated per
$100 of assessed valuation.

Stormwater service is the


collection of rain and other
water drainage that is not
naturally absorbed by the
soil, and includes addressing
regulatory requirements on
the impacts of stormwater
runoff on receiving stream
water quality.
Stormwater Proposal:
MSD requests the
authorization to ask voters to
approve an adjustment to how
taxes are applied across the
district, creating revenues to
fund a 4-year, $90.8 million
operations and maintenance
budget and a 6-year, $97.6
million capital program.

Red: $0.0197 administrative tax = $10.52/year


Includes regulatory compliance
Yellow: Red tax, plus $0.0682 stormwater tax = $12.50/year
Includes regulatory compliance
Adds partial operations and maintenance efforts
Green: Red tax, plus Yellow tax, plus up to $0.10 tax = $61.67/year
(varies based on taxing subdistricts within this area)
Includes regulatory compliance
Adds complete operations and maintenance
Adds minimal capital projects

PROP O SE D S TORMWAT ER RE V ENUE


The tax data below are based on an average assessed value for a single-family
residence in the noted areas (the annual $2.88 fee would be removed). All taxes
are calcuated per $100 of assessed valuation.

270

Blue: $0.0197 regulatory tax + $0.10 stormwater tax

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St. Louis County Boundary

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Anticipated averaged annual costs:


Red: Total tax rate of $0.1197 = $60.60/year
Yellow: Total tax rate of $0.1197 = $16.10/year
Green: Total tax rate of $0.1197 = $41.92/year
Will include regulatory compliance
Will include complete operations and maintenance
Will include limited funding for necessary capital improvements

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For more information about MSDs Rate Proposal and the Rate Commission process, visit:
Map produced by MSD GIS Mapping, February 2015

www.stlmsd.com/RateCommission