8-1-6: FEES, RATES, CHARGES AND BILLINGS:
   A.   Connection Fee And Permit; New Connections Only:
      1.   No connection with city water mains shall be made until the connection fee (hookup fee) has been paid and a permit issued. The connection fee shall include the water meter, complete with yoke and lid, and all necessary piping from the main line to the connected property line; provided, that said culinary water connection is within four hundred feet (400') of a main water line.
      2.   The connection fee shall be according to the size of the pipe. For connections of larger size pipe and meters, the connection fee shall be at the discretion of the city council, but no less than the amount charged for a one inch (1") connection, plus the added cost for material over a one inch (1") connection. All meters and meter boxes to remain the property of the city. (1999 R.O. § 8-1-8; amd. 2008 Code)
   B.   Billing: Bills for water used shall be dated and sent out by the fifteenth of each month. In the event that meters are read only every other month, the in between meter readings billing shall be the minimum rate, the actual difference to be made up on the next billing. (1999 R.O. § 8-1-22)
   C.   Nonpayment: The water supply may be cut off from any premises for which the water bill remains unpaid for a period of thirty (30) days after the bill is rendered and mailed. When the water is shut off, water shall not be turned on except upon the payment of a turnon charge, in such amount as established by resolution of the city council, and payment of delinquent bill. (1999 R.O. § 8-1-23; amd. 2008 Code)
   D.   Lien: Whenever a bill for water service remains unpaid sixty (60) days after it has been rendered, the city recorder may file with the county recorder the proper legal papers for a statement of lien claim. This statement shall contain the legal description of the premises served, the amount of the unpaid bill, and a notice that the city claims a lien for this amount, as well as for all charges for water served subsequent to the period covered by the bill and legal fees connected to the lien. (1999 R.O. § 8-1-24)
   E.   Foreclosure Of Lien: Property subject to a lien for unpaid water charges shall be sold for nonpayment of the same, and the proceeds of such sale shall be applied to pay the charges, after deducting costs, as is in the case of the foreclosure of statutory liens. (1999 R.O. § 8-1-25)
   F.   Board Of Equalization: The city council is hereby declared a board of equalization of water and sewer rates and fees, to hear complaints and make corrections of any assessment deemed to be illegal, unjust or unequal. They may, if they see fit, rebate all or any part of the water and sewer bill of any indigent person. (1999 R.O. § 8-1-16)