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:
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.
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:
For more details, please view the adopted 2019 Operating 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.
MSD is not proposing a sewer rate increase in 2019. There has been no increase in MSD sewer rates since 2015.
Report a Sewer Backup:
(513) 352-4900 24/7 or online
Customer Call Center:
(513) 352-4900 24/7
Project Customer Service:
MSD Mailing Address:
1600 Gest St.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45204
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2019 Proposed Budgets
Capital Improvement Program (CIP) Budget:
2018 Budgets (for comparison)
2017 Budgets (for comparison)