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Under a 1968 agreement between the City of Cincinnati and the Board of County Commissioners of Hamilton County, Ohio, the annual operating budget and updated capital improvement budget for the Metropolitan Sewer Department of Greater Cincinnati (MSD) are developed and recommended by MSD to the County commissioners each year along with any rate or fee recommendations that support the budget proposal. The budgets and associated rate recommendations reflect the resources required to ensure full compliance with all regulatory requirements as well as to protect public health throughout the County. This year, two public hearings to consider the 2014 MSD Operating Budget, the 2014 - 2018 MSD Capital Improvement Program (CIP), and a revised rate structure for MSD sewerage service charges and surcharges are scheduled to come before the Board on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. and Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at 138 East Court Street, Room 603, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.
The summarized MSD recommendation is as follows:
A review of past operating budget and results show that MSD has been very successful in the execution of its operating budget, with results estimated to average 94% of the budget, as seen in the chart below. The 2014 budget request is in line with the 2013 trend; again driven by debt service increases necessitated by the large, mandated CIP. It should be noted that the 2012 budget was originally reduced to a low, unsustainable level and was later amended upward to reflect the increased requirements. A portion of this 2014 request will restore funds needed for maintenance/repair activities that were deferred under the low 2012 budget.
This table summarizes the 2014 CIP by project category. The recommended capital budget supports the work that is necessary to sustain and improve the system, as well as construct the Wet Weather Improvement Projects that are required by the federal Consent Decree. The recommended five-year CIP is $872M, with a 2014 budget of $289.7M and is in line with prior year’s forecasts.
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