Sewer-connection fees might double |

Sewer-connection fees might double

South Tahoe Public Utility District’s Board will consider more than doubling sewer connection fees over the next five years during a public hearing Thursday.

“It only affects people who are building projects,” said STPUD spokesman Dennis Cocking. “It has nothing to do with existing connections.”

Currently, the district charges $3,274 for a new sewer connection.

Under changes proposed by STPUD staff, the connection charge would increase to $3,660 on April 7.

Fees would then increase 16 percent each year for four years, starting Jan. 1, 2009, bringing the cost of a connection fee to more than $6,600 by 2012.

The fees were last reviewed in 1999, and rising construction costs were listed as a major factor in the need to increase the connection fees, Cocking said.

The board meeting begins at 2 p.m. Thursday, and the hearing is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

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