In addition to the Sewer Assessment, a property owner is responsible for the cost to connect their property to the public sewer system located in the street. Connection costs will vary based on property characteristics. The table below illustrates the potential combined Sewer Assessment and connection cost based on different assumptions in connection costs.
*Example A – 1⁄2 acre lot assuming septic system in the front = $4,200
*Example B – 1⁄2 acre lot assuming septic system in the front of the building, and below the roadway elevation, and will require installing a grinder pump (grinder pump provided by town) = $5,950 *Example C – 1⁄2 acre lot assuming septic system in the rear = $7,900
Once sewer service is connected, property owners will be charged a sewer service user fee on a quarterly basis, based on their water usage. The current typical residential sewer usage bill averages around $100 per quarter. If the property has irrigation, a property owner can install a deduct meter which will enable the property owner to realize a savings for water that does not enter the sanitary sewage system.
Finally, if the cost of expanding the public sewer system is not assessed 100% to the property owners scheduled to be connected to the system, a General Fund contribution will be required to fund a portion of the program. This results in a portion of a property owner’s property taxes being used to fund the program.