to population growth Hyrum raises water fee
By Caresa Alexander
February 4, 2009 | With a projected population of 16,310
by the year 2040, Hyrum city is facing the need to raise
its culinary water impact fee.
The city's three water storage tanks, holding 3,265,000
gallons of water, will not be sufficient to meet the
estimated 4,746,800-gal. storage requirement needed
in 2040. This anticipated deficit of 1,481,800 gallons
is the reason for the increase in impact fees.
The current water impact fee is $481.63 for single
and multifamily dwellings. The proposed unit fee for
one residential dwelling or equivalent residential connections
(ERC) is $2,859. The fee for each multifamily dwelling
will be $2,144.25.
The expected cost associated with water improvement
projects is about $12.5 million. With the proposed $2,859
impact fee it is likely the city would break even in
the year 2040.
When the meeting was open to comment, resident Leon
Savage brought to the council's attention a new state
law that requires a citizen committee to review any
new proposed impact fees. As the proposed impact fee
was put to a motion, it died for lack of a second. Council
members recommended holding a workshop to look into
the law and make sure proceedings would be done legally.
"We'll make it," said Major Dean Howard as the budget
was discussed. He said the reserve is dwindling, and
the council may have to come up with other rate increases.
Howard also said that special considerations would
be given for those who could not afford the increase.