By Jessie R. Box
Greene Publishing, Inc.
At the special City Commission meeting on Tuesday, June 24, the commissioners were presented a rate and impact fee study for the city’s water and sewer systems and had the first reading of a proposed ordinance to have a temporary moratorium on impact fees.
The city currently has a temporary moratorium on impact fees for the water and sewer and the first reading of a proposed ordinance to continue the temporary moratorium on impact fees until the end of December this year. Impact fees are one-time charges for a new connection to the water or sewer system.
During the Water and Wastewater Rates and Impact Fee presentation by Sterling Carroll from Florida Rural Water Association, it was recommended that $1,075 be charged for the water impact fee and $2,500 be charged for the sewer impact fee, should the commissioners decide to charge an impact fee.
Carroll also recommended that the water rates be raised to 10 percent in the next fiscal year so that the income will meet the expenses of the water system and a five percent rise the next two years. The income is currently lower than the expenses of the water system. The city has an automatic five percent rise every year and that is inclusive in the 10 percent rise.
It was recommended that the sewer rates be raised 12.5 percent in the next fiscal year and a five percent rise the following two years to have the expenses meet the income. The city also has an automatic five percent increase on the sewer rates.