New Sewer Usage Charges

 

TOWN OF NEW CANAAN BOARD OF FINANCE

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON CHANGE IN SEWER CHARGES

Newspaper Posting Date:  May 28, 2020

NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Finance of the Town of New Canaan will hold a Public Hearing

on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at 7:00 P.M. via a Virtual Meeting (Information to be Posted on the Town Website www.newcanaan.info) to hear public comment on proposed Sewer Fee rates for residents who are connected to the New Canaan Sewer System.

The Board of Finance changed the previous ad valorem sewer tax to a tiered, flat-rate Sewer Fee system for FY2020 and beyond. For Residential sewer users, the User Fee flat rates are being phased in over three years for FY 2020, FY 2021 and FY 2022, as follows, subject to annual changes after FY2022 as may be required due to changes in the Sewer System annual operating budget.  The User Fee rates approved at the 5/14/2019 meeting for the three years were:

Residential:

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Quartile #1:

$235

$250

$275

Quartile #2:

$350

$370

$385

Quartile #3:

$550

$570

$585

Quartile #4:

$935

$835

$735

 

Assessed value categories were assigned with assessed value bands, since the assessed value takes into account the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, etc., which parallels an estimate usage volume:

Quartile #1 applies to single family homes and condos whose current assessed value is less than $450,000.
Quartile #2 applies to single family homes and condos whose current assessed value is between $450,000 and $749,999. 
Quartile #3 applies to single family homes and condos whose current assessed value is between $750,000 and $1,299,999. 
Quartile #4 applies to single family homes and condos whose current assessed value is $1,300,000 or more.

Apartments, co-op units and multi-family units are charged as Quartile #2 sewer users for each apartment unit. 

Commercial sewer users, were assigned to a flat User Fee rate category for FY 2020 and the User Fee was set at the 5/14/2019 meeting. At the time, it was anticipated, subsequent years User Fees would be approved subject to changes in the Sewer System annual operating budget. Based upon the first year experience, Usage Fees will increase 2%. An additional category will be added for “Extra High Users”, such as NCHS, Saxe Middle School, the Merritt Parkway service areas and the YMCA.  The recommended rates for FY 2021 are bolded below:

Commercial:
Current:
Business Condo



$250*

Proposed:
Business Condo


$ 255*

Quintile #1:

$750

Category #1:

$765

Quintile #2:

$1,250

Category #2:

$1,275

Quintile #3:

$2,500

Category #3:

$2,550

Quintile #4:

$3,500

Category #4:

$3,570

Quintile #5:

$5,000

Category #5:

$5,100

 

 

Category #6:

$10,000 (Extra High Users)

 

















*Business Condos will be charged $255, except for higher water users.

Categories for Commercial properties are based on estimated annual water consumption as measured by Aquarion

Water Company and considering such factors as estimated average daily occupancy, tenant density and the nature of activities conducted on the premises, such as food preparation, bathroom use, showers or other commercial operations.

Commercial users include commercial properties, churches, other non-profits, schools and municipal buildings. Vacant land located within the New Canaan Sewer Taxing District is not charged until such property has been connected to the Sewer System.

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