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:
- 29 cents covers the day-to-day operation and maintenance of MSD's seven wastewater treatment plants and 9,630 miles of sewers
- 56 cents goes toward projects in our $6 billion dollar capital improvement program
- 15 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.
FY2017 Budgeted Revenue
|Wastewater User Charges||$339.5 million|
|Revenue Bonds||$242.5 million|
|Investment and Other Income||$7.1 million|
|Use of Fund Balances||$54.1 million|
|TOTAL REVENUE||$673.9 million|
FY2017 Budgeted Expenditures
MSD's FY2017 Budget contains three parts:
|Operating Budget||$196.6 million|
|Capital Improvement & Replacement Program||$378.5 million|
|Debt Service||$98.8 million|
|TOTAL EXPENSES||$673.9 million|