Union Bridge weighs increase in hookup fees

November 06, 1996

Union Bridge Town Council is considering increasing its water connection charge and sewer benefit assessments, one-time charges paid by new customers.

The impact of the proposed increases would fall on the Phillips property, 120 acres scheduled for development as a residential subdivision by owner G. Jackson Phillips Jr. and developer Martin K. P. Hill. The planned 265 single-family houses and 52 townhouses will double the town's population of 930.

James Schumacher, a consultant and part-time town manager, recommended increasing the 2-year-old fees to help cover improvements to the town's water and sewer systems. The improvements include extending a water main from a planned well to the town water tank, adding a water tank on the north end of town where the subdivision is planned and expanding the sewage treatment plant to meet new demand.

The water connection charge is proposed to increase from $2,000 to $3,375 and the sewer benefit assessment from $2,000 to $4,100. Schumacher said he will submit the proposed charges to the Phillips property developers for comment.

The council is expected to vote on the proposals at its Nov. 25 meeting.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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