KAYSVILLE Monthly fees for the Central Davis Sewer District may be increasing soon for the first time in eight years.
An increase of $2 a month for each residential customer is being proposed for 2008. Business connect rates would also proportionately increase, based on their usage.
A public hearing on the proposed hike will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the sewer district offices, 2200 S. Sunset Drive, Kaysville.
Currently, homeowners pay $16 a month and that would rise to $18. The sewer district has a $3 million annual operating budget.
"As far as national trends, we're lower," LeLand J. Myers, Central Davis Sewer manager, said of the district's rates. He said as far as the Intermountain area goes, the district is about average.
The cost increase is necessary for some Homeland Security concerns related to the disinfection process, Myers said, adding he couldn't legally elaborate further.
The sewer district serves about 12,000 customers in Kaysville, Farmington and Fruit Heights.
The district also charges $2 to $3 a year in property tax per customer, but that rate hasn't increased in about 25 years.
Myers says the public pays little attention to sewer service, as long as it works and rates don't change.
A long-term rate study by the sewer district estimates another $2 increase will be needed by the year 2011 and still another by 2015.
The district's plant has been built to handle projected population growth. Stricter regulations will call for additional improvements.
Myers also has concerns about future additional sewer costs, if there are regulatory changes in the quality of discharge water into the Great Salt Lake.
"We've gone from dumping, to moderate treatment to full secondary treatment," he said of discharges into the Great Salt Lake.
Regulations are now being considered to decrease the level of nutrients dumped into the lake. That would include nitrogen and phosphorous. "Our (treatment) costs could double," he said, if that happened,
Oil and grease continue to be two of the most common things residents dump into the sewer system that they shouldn't. Pharmaceutical drugs are another increasing concern, as residents are sometimes advised to flush outdated drugs down the toilet.Special drug disposal boxes are now starting to appear in Salt Lake County as a safer alternative for disposal.