Hudson Transfers Sanitary Sewer System to Summit County DOES
Effective January 1, 2016, Hudson transferred its sanitary sewer system to the Summit County Department of Environmental Services (DOES). The agreement was finalized through legislation in the City and the County at the end of 2015. A letter from the City Manager was mailed to Hudson sanitary sewer customers in October 2015 announcing these changes.
The system was transferred to DOES to help keep costs down for Hudson citizens. Costs have increased due to a need to replace aging infrastructure and implement EPA mandated upgrades to the system. To meet these increasing needs, the City would have to significantly raise costs for customers. The City had been subsidizing the sewer fund with $1.3 million annually from the general fund. The City projected rate increases for customers of 5% in 2015 and 2016, and 7% in years 2017, 2018, and 2019. Even with those increases, the City could not continue to operate the system without even higher increases.
Transfer of the system to DOES will keep Hudson sewer customer rates at current levels for three years, after which the rates will adjust to the Summit County DOES rates, which are projected to be lower than Hudson charges.