North Tahoe water connection fee increased |

North Tahoe water connection fee increased

The North Tahoe Public Utility District board of directors approved an increase in sewer and water connection fees at their meeting Tuesday held at the North Tahoe Community Conference Center.

The connection fee increase comes with a series of adjustments to sewer and water rates.

Proposed increases in rate structures and a new capacity fee, which would be charged if a homeowner uses more water, will be finalized after a public hearing at the board’s October meeting.

A connection fee is charged to hook up to the sewer or water system.

The board increased the water connection fee to $5,500 for a single-family residential unit, up from $4,112.

Sewer connection fees were raised to $2,920 from $2,000.

The directors approved the rate changes after representatives of the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe and the Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors commented in a public hearing.

“We have been bombarded with fee increases this year,” said Executive Director Pat Davison of the Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe to the board. “We are firm believers that growth needs to pay its fair share.”

John Falk, spokesman for the Board of Realtors, also noted concern over the impact increased fees would have on affordable housing development, but board President Lane Lewis called the rate hike necessary.

“Nobody likes rate increases or connection fees, but it is needed at this time,” Lewis said.

The fee and rate hike will pay for needed water and sewer improvement projects outlined in the district’s current five-year plan.

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