Eagle increases sewer tap fee
EAGLE – The cost of flushing a toilet is going up in Eagle, and you can blame it on the town’s robust growth.The Eagle Town Board last week approved an increase in sewer tap fees for single-family homes, from the current $3,500 hook-up fee to $5,000. The change will take effect July 1, and is likely the first in a series of rate increases that will affect both new and current residents.Town officials say the increases are needed to pay for a $12 million to $13 million wastewater treatment plant expansion that will be necessary to serve Eagle’s growing population.The town’s wastewater treatment plant has reached the capacity at which the state requires it to start planning to expand its facility. Town Manager Willy Powell said construction on a new facility would likely start in January or February of 2007; and is likely to take 18 months.The town has drawn up projections of future populations and wastewater flows, along with possible financing options for paying for the expanded plant. Town officials have indicated that in addition to tap fee increases, a hike in monthly sewer fees is also likely within the next two years.One of the reasons the Board was eager to pass the tap fee increase is to capitalize on the building permits that are coming in this summer. An average of 20 building permits per month have been issued since January.Vail, Colorado
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