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Spill shows need to keep utilities in good shape

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 Last month, the Bullitt County Sanitation District requested a 3 percent user fee increase over each of the next three years. 

Under the structure of the increase, it would not affect the lowest of water users.

However, Bullitt Fiscal Court opted to send the proposal back to the sanitation board, which could have the right to impose its own tax.

Since that suggestion, it was learned that the sanitation district is much larger than simply the users in the north end. In fact, if you are not located in a municipality which has a 201 service area, you might be subject to any tax.

We have never felt any such tax would occur. The point is that utility companies must have some additional funding. 

Otherwise, you have the example of a recent sewage overflow out of the Bullitt Hills plant, which involved thousands of gallons of partially-treated waste.

Fifty-year-old equipment needs updates. We would expect Fiscal Court to think strongly about the user fee request in the near future.