CLEVELAND - Sewer bills for northeast Ohio ratepayers will be increasing to help pay for a multi-million dollar storm water management program.
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The increase comes as a result of a Supreme Court of Ohio ruling that found the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District can legally add the fee to rate payers' bills to help pay for expensive flood control projects.
Three of the seven justices issued dissenting opinions.
The ruling comes after a lengthy legal battle that began in 2010 as local communities balked at the fee, claiming it was a tax increase.