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Where does our customers' money go?

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District is an organization made up of two separate utilities: one for wastewater management and a considerably smaller one for stormwater management. Together, these utilities help to protect our water quality, guard against health and safety risks, and support our region's economic vitality.

Our rates are comparable with other communities of our size and circumstance. Of every $1 our customers pay:

  • 31 cents covers the day-to-day operation and maintenance of MSD's seven wastewater treatment plants and 9,630 miles of sewers
  • 52 cents goes toward projects in our $6 billion dollar capital improvement program
  • 17 cents goes to repay the debt we have incurred since FY 2004 in implementing this program


Revenues and Expenditures

The MSD's charter requires that we adopt a balanced budget each year. By law, our expenses cannot exceed our revenues. We are also legally prohibited from funding stormwater projects with wastewater project dollars, and vice versa.

FY2018 Budgeted Revenue

Wastewater User Charges $360.4 million
Revenue Bonds $220,0 million
Taxes $31.4 million
Investment and Other Income $7.6 million
Use of Fund Balances $28.9 million
TOTAL REVENUE $648.3 million

FY2018 Budgeted Expenditures

MSD's FY2018 Budget contains three parts:

Operating Budget $200.0 million
Capital Improvement & Replacement Program $339.1 million
Debt Service $109.2 million
TOTAL EXPENSES $648.3 million

FY2018 Adopted Budget

FY2018 Adopted Budget

Fiscal Year 2018

Public Hearing Held May 11, 2017 - Presentation

Public Hearing Held May 11, 2017 - Engineering Handout

Finance Committee Meeting held April 4, 2017 - Presentation

Finance Committee Meeting held April 4, 2017 - Engineering Handout

Fiscal Year 2017

Public Hearing held May 12, 2016 - Presentation

Finance Committee Meeting held April 12, 2016 - Presentation

FY2017 Adopted Budget

Metropolitan St Louis Sewer District Fiscal Year 2017 Budget

FY2016 Adopted Budget

FY2016 Adopted Budget

FY2015 Adopted Budget

FY2015 Adopted Budget