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(A) For the use of and service rendered by the sewerage system, rates and charges shall be collected from the owners of each and every lot, parcel of real estate or building that is connected with the town's sanitary system or otherwise discharges sanitary sewage, industrial wastes, water or other liquids either directly or indirectly, into the sewerage system of the town. These charges shall be due and payable even where no water service is provided to the lot, parcel of real estate or building. In those cases where the water service has been discontinued for nonpayment of bills and charges or disconnected at the request of the customer, the owner shall still be responsible for the minimum (base rate) sewage charge and garbage fee charge as established by chapter.
(B) Such rates and charges include user charges, debt service costs, excessive strength surcharges and other service charges, which rates and charges shall be payable as hereinafter provided and shall be in an amount determinable as follows:
(1) The sewage rates and charges shall be based upon the quantity of water used on or in the property or premises subject to such rates and charges, as the same is measured by the water meter there in use, plus a base rate charge based on the size of the water meter installed, except as herein otherwise provided. However, if there is no water usage on or in the property or premises, the base rate shall still be charged to and paid by the customer or property owner. For the purpose of billing and collecting the charges for sewage service, water meters shall be read monthly and the users shall be billed each month (or a period equaling one month). The rates and charges shall be implemented in one phase and shall be effective January 1, 2014. The usage on which the amount of the rates and charges shall be determined is as follows:
Per 1,000 gallons
5/8" - 3/4" water meter
1" water meter
1-1/4" water meter
1-1/2" water meter
2" water meter
3" water meter
4" water meter
6" water meter
Unmetered Users Residential Rate
Single-family residence unit
(2) The treatment rate as shown above shall apply to all users. For metered customers the total rate is the treatment rate plus the base rate. For unmetered customers the total rate is the treatment rate plus the unmetered users rate.
(C) Deposit. The utility shall require from each applicant for wastewater (sewage) service a cash deposit of $50 as a guarantee against the non-payment of bills for service, which deposit shall be paid at the time of the application for service.
(D) Unmetered water users. For users of the sewerage system that are unmetered water users or where accurate water readings are not available, the monthly charge shall be determined by equivalent single-family dwelling units, except as otherwise provided herein. Bills for the sewerage system shall be rendered once each month (or periods equally a month). The schedule on which said rates and charges shall be determined according to the unmetered users rate shown above.
(E) Connection fees. Prior to connecting to the town's sewerage system, a customer shall be required to pay a connection fee as set forth hereafter. These fees will be used by the utility in the best interests of the utility and in accordance with the utility's policy but shall be primarily available to offset the costs of future extensions, modifications, and improvements to the town's sewerage system.
(F) Tap fees. Prior to connecting to the town's sewerage system, a customer shall be required to pay a tap/installation fee as set forth herein. The tap fee for connecting a user to the town's sewerage system distribution system shall consist of a base tap installation fee of $1,050 plus the cost of tap materials and backfill, top soil, seed and strawing and paving costs incurred in connection with each tap, in those cases where the town performs all such labor. In those cases where the town performs the tapping/installation services only (contractor does all other work), the tap fee shall be $100. In those cases where the town does inspection only (all labor and material is provided by contractor), the customer shall pay an inspection fee of $40.
(Ord. 19-01, passed 4-9-19)