Tifton Gazette

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March 13, 2011

Tapping into city’s water, sewer systems to cost more

TIFTON — The price local residents pay to tap into the city’s water and sewer systems will increase effective April 1 in what city officials say is a move to cover the actual cost of the services.

Larry Riner, the city’s assistant manager, said that the city noticed several years ago that prices for sewer tap services were out of line when Burger King on Tift Avenue was charged $300 to hook up to the sewer and it cost the city $4,000 in expenses to provide the service. Riner said he had Donna Pate in the city’s utilities department to call other city and county providers of sewer or water services to see how much others were charging.

“We found out we were way low,” Riner said. “This will be a shock to those who have to buy taps, but we have to cover our cost. We are still lower than any of the surrounding counties or cities.”

Currently, the City of Tifton charges $300 for a 3/4- inch water meter; $350 for a 1-inch water meter; $850 for a 1 1/2- inch water meter; and $1,150 for a 2-inch water meter.  Effective April 1, those prices will be $600, $650, $1,450 and $1,500 respectively. For sewer services, the city is currently charging $250 for a 4-inch tap and $350 for a 6-inch tap. The new prices effective April 1 will be $625 and $650 respectively. Larger water meters, larger sewer taps and commercial and industrial taps are priced by the utilities department.

According to information furnished by Riner, the City of Nashville is currently charging $60, $650, $1,450 and $1,500 for water meters and $1,950, $2,250 and $3,450 for sewer taps. The City of Hahira is currently charging $1,500, $3,000, $3,500 and $4,000 for water meters and $1,500, $4,000 and $5,500 for sewer taps.

“The main thrust of this was that we had existing water customers paying for new taps since our tap fees did not cover the true cost,” Vollmer. “The costs were being subsidized by all of us existing customers.”

To contact senior reporter Angie  Thompson, call 382-4321.

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