Having read your editorial regarding the sanitary district’s capacity fees, I would add my thoughts on the subject.
I was a member of the sanitary district board of directors in the 1980s and ’90s when these capacity fees were initiated, shortly after the new treatment facility was built.
Our over-riding thought was simple fairness. We felt that those current ratepayers had already purchased their capacity in the new plant and that any capital expansion should be paid for by the future beneficiaries. So each new hook-up would pay their proportionate share based on standard “usage” numbers.
We thought that was eminently fair, and evidently the current board thinks so too.
Consider that when a new home is built there are three options for sewage treatment and disposal: they can install an onsite septic system costing $5,000 to $10,000; they can install an onsite treatment facility for $10,000 to $20,000; or they can hook up to the sanitary district’s collection and treatment facilities for $5,400. These are pretty old numbers, and are most likely higher now.
Pretty simple arithmetic.