Public utility raises fees |

Public utility raises fees

The Truckee Donner Public Utility District board voted unanimously to raise water facilities fees and connection charges Wednesday evening, meaning the cost of building a new house in town will go up an average of $214 for a 2,048 square foot home, the average size used by the district in its calculations.

Water facilities fees ” used to beef up the utility’s system to offset additional demand generated by a house or commercial property ” were raised from $1.56 to $1.64 per square foot of habitable living space. Connection charges, which reflect the cost of connecting a business or residence to the district’s water lines, went from $1,040 to $1,090 per building with a standard sized meter.

According to Water Utility Director Ed Taylor, the district’s water connection charges are typically reevaluated on a yearly basis to keep up with current prices for labor and materials. The facilities fees are only adjusted after the district updates its Master Plan.

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