§ 52.72  WATER SERVICE USER CHARGE SYSTEM.
   (A)   All premises connected directly or indirectly to the water service system of the city, except as hereinafter provided, shall be charged and shall make payments to the Authority in amounts computed on the basis of the actual flow where a certified meter exists or a residential user equivalent in all other cases.
   (B)   The water service user charges shall consist of a “user operation and maintenance charge” billable quarterly for residential users and monthly for commercial and industrial users so designated by the Authority.
   (C)   Rates to be charged for service furnished by the system shall be as follows.
      (1)   Water service use charges.
         (a)   The charges for water service in the city shall be established by the City Council and set in the city’s schedule of fees. Charges for water service shall be adjusted as needed by the City Council.
         (b)   The charges for water service to premises outside the city limits shall be established by the City Council and set in the city schedule of fees. Charges for water service shall be adjusted as needed by the City Council and in accordance with state laws governing water sales to other municipalities.
         (c)   The city shall have the right to adjust the user charge by resolution of a majority vote of the City Council based on an annual audit review of the water system operation and maintenance costs of the system. The city shall have the right to adjust the user charge at any time when the adjustment is in the best interest of the system and will protect the reliability of the system. All rate adjustments shall be made in the city’s schedule of fees.
      (2)   Connection charge.
         (a)   Direct connection. For each direct connection to the lines of the system, there shall be charged a fee established by the City Council and set in the city’s schedule of fees per single-family residence equivalent, except for premises outside the city limits, whose connection charge shall be established by the City Council and set in the city’s schedule of fees per single-family residence equivalent.
         (b)   Indirect connection. In order to defray the proportional share for each indirect connection to the system, there shall be charged a fee established by the City Council and set in the city’s schedule of fees per single-family residence equivalent, except for premises outside the city limits, whose connection charge shall be established by the City Council and set in the city’s schedule of fees per single-family residence equivalent. An INDIRECT CONNECTION shall be defined as one made to lines added to the system after its original construction, the cost of which is paid from special assessments or private funds.
         (c)   Equivalent user factor. Each premises, other than a single-family residence, shall pay either a direct or indirect connection charge multiplied by a factor representing a ratio of water use by the class of premises to normal single-family residential use, as reflected in § 52.73 or the schedule of fees set by the City Council.
(Ord. passed 5-23-1994; Am. Ord. passed 8-23-1995)