Kettering residents hear plan for 14% water rate increase

About a quarter of all customers receiving water and sewer service from Montgomery County are in Kettering where on Tuesday county officials gave the first of 10 public meetings scheduled to discuss a 14-percent rate increase planned for 2018.

Joe Tuss, Montgomery County administrator, told about 80 people at a regularly scheduled Kettering City Council meeting that the rate increase is needed because of deteriorating infrastructure resulting in higher costs for maintenance and needed new construction.

“You’ve got old infrastructure that’s reaching the end of its useful life,” he said.

No one spoke against or for the plan during the meeting.

Afterward, Tom Wittmann, 80, of Kettering said the officials made a measured appeal for the rate increase.

“Nobody wants to spend money, but you get what you pay for,” he said. “We’re not Flint, Mich. … We get good quality water.”

About 81,000 customers in all will see their combined water and sewer rate also go up an additional 5.6 percent each year from 2019-2022, according to a five-year plan announced by the county last week.

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The average Montgomery County residential customer, now paying about $170, will see quarterly bills rise about $24 in 2018.

While Montgomery County purchases water pumped by the city of Dayton, the county maintains a distribution system of 1,400 miles of water mains as well as 1,200 miles of sewer line and two wastewater plants.

Tuesday’s meeting was at the Kettering Government Center, 3600 Shroyer Rd.

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