Marana’s first wastewater bills are around the corner as the town takes the initial step toward establishing rates.
The town council set a Sept. 16 public hearing on the fees. If the rates are approved, they will go into effect Oct. 16.
Impact fees are also to be adopted for any new connections to the sewer system. A public hearing will be held on Oct. 7. The town is expected to adopt the new fees on Nov. 18, meaning they should go into effect in February 2009.
Marana will take over nearly 11,000 wastewater system connections from Pima County. The average daily wastewater flow is about 200 gallons per house.
The town contracted Economists.com to prepare a preliminary rate model.
Currently, residents pay $5.72 per month for Pima County wastewater service, for up to 5,000 gallons. After that, it’s an additional $1.88 per 1,000 gallons, according to the Economists.com report.
The report lists that the impact fee for a three-quarter-inch water meter connection is $4,312. The maximum impact fee is $34,496 for a two-inch water meter. These fees represent the highest the town can charge based on state statutes.
The report also references the need for the construction of two wastewater treatment facilities, with a combined estimated cost of $58.5 million. Over the next four years, the town is forecasted to spend $65 million in capital improvement projects relating to the sewer system.
The county is giving ownership of the sewer lines to Marana after a court ruling in June. Ownership of the Marana Wastewater Treatment Facility on the northwest corner of town is still in dispute.