Sewer Service Fees
Metro implemented a sewer service fee in order to provide funding and continue its Capital Improvement Program (CIP). The CIP was developed by Metro in 1995 to eliminate recurring problems and operational deficiencies identified by the sewer inspection and assessment program. Through the CIP, Metro is able to address issues that can cause serious problems to the sewer system before they impact homes and business owners. These problems may include roots growing within the pipe system, damaged pipes from construction activities in public right of ways and structural defects that may arise due to age.
The CIP is currently under-funded by the District’s tax millage of 5.7 mills collected by Greenville County. Without additional income through sewer service fees, Metro will be forced to significantly reduce its funding of these types of projects which will jeopardize the future performance of the system and restrict growth within the District.
Metro’s commission and staff researched all available means before determining this was the best option for the funding. A sewer service fee schedule was developed to charge a fee prorated on the water use analysis. The fee is not taxation but will be charged to users of the sewer system on the annual real estate tax bill distributed at the end of the calendar year. Metro also determined that this fee is lower than the fees of comparable sewer systems.
The sewer service fee will benefit users of the Metro both short and long term. Short term, the funds received from the fee will keep the system operating at an acceptable performance level. Long term, users will not be burdened with additional costs associated with emergency repairs. The sewer service fee will allow Metro to continue its proactive approach to finding and repairing problems before they become a major issue.
To review the research and detailed report that supports the implementation of the new Sewer Service Fee, click here.