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Sanford City Council is considering a System Development Fee ordinance that would assess one-time charges to new water and/or wastewater customers as well as developers or builders to recover a proportional share of capital costs incurred to provide service availability and capacity, which is authorized under North Carolina General Statute 162A Article 8.
If assessed, the fee would be in addition to existing water and sewer tap fees. The City of Sanford staff recommendation is to charge this fee at the time the water and/or meter is placed and to not charge the fee prior to January 1, 2021.
This recommendation is based on a system development fee report prepared by independent consultant Raftelis Financial Consultants, Inc. Read the report here. Exhibit 4 explains the maximum cost justified for the various sizes of meters.
A public hearing on this will be held on July 7, 2020 for public input. The final fee amount (per meter size) and the effective date of the fee is scheduled to be voted on by Council in July 2020.
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