Users to pay for new sewer lines

20 09 2008

BRENNAN LEATHERS | The Post-Searchlight

Property owners who tie into sewer lines recently extended into parts of southern Bainbridge will pay for the right to use them-but not right away.

At their Tuesday meeting, the Bainbridge City Council unanimously decided upon a method for assessing the owners of approximately 90 lots that will potentially be served by sewer extensions along U.S. 27 South, Alice Street and Georgia 97 South.

A $1,142 assessment will be added to the $250 tap fee, which will be charged to any property owner desiring to connect their homes to the extended sewer lines. The assessment fee represents the cost to extend the sewer from the main line to a private property, with the city government paying for the sewer extension’s main components, according to a memo City Engineer Jim York wrote to Hobby last week.

“The property owner will not have to pay until they physically connect to the city sewer line,” Hobby said. “That way, they are controlling the cost.”

The U.S. 27 South/Alice Street/Georgia 97 South project is the first phase of four in a plan to complete the city’s 1997 sewer master plan by the end of 2011. The plan will use $16 million in loans from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority, which will be repaid in the short term using city utility customers’ payments and in the long-term using receipts from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.

One of the goals of extending sewer service throughout the existing city limits is reducing the usage of septic tanks, which raises environmental concerns, according to Hobby.

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