b MSD - Budget & Rate Information

Budgets and Sewer Rates


MSD needs to balance its budget, just like everyone else. We begin this process every summer and complete it by December for the coming year.

We have two budgets:

  • Operations Budget which includes the funding needed to support MSD's operation of more than 3,000 miles of public sewers and interceptors, 100 pump stations, 7 major wastewater treatment plants, and 5 wet weather facilities, including the new Werk & Westbourne Enhanced High Rate Treatment facility in Green Township. The Operations budget also covers the cost of personnel and the non-personnel costs to run MSD every day such as equipment and tools, chemicals, fuel, electricity, natural gas, and fleet vehicles. It also includes debt service, which is the repayment of debt (principal and interest payments) on bonds and loans used to fund Capital Improvement Program (CIP) projects. Our Operations budget is funded through customer sewer bills.

  • Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget which includes capital items like new sewers, upgrades to treatment plants and other assets. The CIP also includes projects mandated by our federal Consent Decree, re-branded as Project Groundwork, which is our program to reduce sewer overflows into local streams and rivers. Our CIP budget is funded through bonds, low-interest loans through the Ohio Water Development Authority and cash.

MSD also conducts annual rate studies to determine if a sewer rate increase is needed to meet the financial needs of operating a sewer system and to cover the costs related to Project Groundwork.

The Hamilton County Commissioners must approve our annual budgets and any proposed rate increase. They host public hearings as part of the approval process, usually in December.

2019 Operating Budget

MSD expects to generate about $281 million in operating revenue during 2019.

MSD's 2019 Operating Budget is about $219.9 million, which includes $127.1 million for personnel, non-personnel, and other costs (e.g., fleet), and $92.8 million in debt payment. This budget is 4.1% more than the adopted 2018 budget; it takes into account increases associated with health care and cost of living, chemicals, and the Sewer Backup (SBU) Program, as well as increases associated with monthly billing services.

This budget includes:

  • $57.7 million for personnel (including the SBU Program)
  • $54.1 million for non-personnel
  • $9.6 million for the SBU Program (non-personnel)
  • $5.7 million for Fleet, General Fund Overhead (GFOH) and Office Technology Equipment Allowance (OTEA)
  • $92.8 million for debt payment

For more details, please view the adopted 2019 Operating Budget.

2019 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget

MSD's 2019 CIP Budget is about $134.9 million. This budget includes wet weather and asset management projects ranging from sewer separations to "smart sewer" projects. The wet weather projects are required by our federal Consent Decree, and a number of them are bridge projects to be completed between Phase 1 and Phase 2 of Project Groundwork. The asset management projects are needed to keep our collection system and treatment plants in good, working condition. Our CIP budget is primarily funded by bond issues.

For more details, please view the adopted 2019 CIP Budget.

2018 Sewer Rate Information

MSD is not proposing a sewer rate increase in 2019. There has been no increase in MSD sewer rates since 2015.

Contact Us

Report a Sewer Backup:
(513) 352-4900 24/7 or online

Customer Call Center:
(513) 352-4900 24/7

Project Customer Service:
(513) 557-3594

Development Services:
(513) 244-1330

Media Inquiries:
(513) 557-7095


MSD Mailing Address:
1600 Gest St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45204

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