Take Back Kentucky Legislative Alerts
Sponsor(s): J. Fischer, S. Santoro
Status: Jan 13 Introduced, Jan 15 Assigned to Committee
Committee: House Local Government
Timeframe: Committee meets every Wednesday @ 12PM in Annex Room 131
Message is for: All House Leadership, Members of the House Local Government Committee, and YOUR Representative
Message: “Support HB 245, Stop Sanitation Districts from charging citizens for a service they do not receive.”
Optional: E-mail the legislators on the committee. Example e-mail address: Firstname.Lastname@lrc.ky.gov . If that doesn’t work they have a contact page on their informational page.
Information: Background: Sanitation District 1 (SD1) was created in Northern Kentucky in the 1960s. There are many cities within each of the top 3 counties, and cities turned over their sewer operations to SD1 to try to gain saving from economies of scale. In the 90s, SD1 was sued by the EPA and entered into a federal consent decree. The purpose was to keep raw sewage from being dumped into rivers and streams. It generally requires separation of storm and sewer water operations. They also instituted the so-called “rain tax”, where SD1 began charging people a “storm water fee” because they lived in a declared “watershed” area even though they do not have storm sewer or septic sewer service. This issue has escalated this year, as SD1 has begun to sue people who are charged this fee who have not paid it.
This bill: This bill limits the authority of a sewer district to prevent them from charging people without actually providing a service. It adds the following language in a few different forms to ensure people aren’t charged for services they aren’t receiving directly: “…no sanitation district may levy any tax, fee, or surcharge on any indirect use or imputed benefit derived from the existence of a sanitation district. It may only levy a tax, fee, or surcharge on the direct use of any sanitary or storm sewer system use operated by the sanitation district.”
Con: Some want this to go further.
Pro: This draws a definitive line in the sand and stops sewer districts from claiming all watershed areas as their own, and charging people because there is a natural stream on their property.
Summary: This bill should be supported.
PDF Version: HB 245 – 2016