Board of Finance Public Hearing on Proposed Changes in Sewer Charges June 8 at 7:00 PM

NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Finance of the Town of New Canaan will hold a Public Hearing
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 7:00 P.M. in the Town Hall Meeting Room or Virtual, 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 or needs.  The User Fee rates approved at the 5/14/2019 meeting for the three years were:

Residential:         Year 1                   Year 2                     Year 3                                                                                              

                           FY2020                    FY2021                FY2022                                                                                         

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, or Special Mixed Use category for mixed use properties, for FY 2021.  The User Fee was set at the 6/09/2020 meeting.  Based on the Sewer System’s annual operating budget and needs, the Board of Finance has recommended that Usage Fees increase approximately 2% from the current fiscal year. The proposed rates for FY 2022 are:

Commercial:              Current        Proposed

                                    FY2021         FY2022

Category #1

$      765

$    780

Category #2

$   1,275

$  1,300

Category #3

$  2,550

$  2,600

Category #4

$  3,570

$  3,640

Category #5

$  5,100

$  5,200

Category #6

$10,000

$10,200

*  Commercial / Business
Condominiums

$     255

$     260


Commercial/Business Condominiums are assessed a base rate.  Occupancy type may result in placement in a higher Category.

 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.