During an information work shop Thursday evening, the Toledo City Council drew ever closer to implementing a financial plan that will begin to pay for critically needed upgrades to the city’s water and sewer systems, with streets, stormdrain and parks improvements not far behind. The “System Development Charge” (SDC) for water, sewer, streets and parks will be phased in over a four year period to where the full burden of costs on a new development for those categories will be due and payable by a developer, whether it’s housing, commercial or industrial buildings.
Currently developers pay the city of Toledo an SDC charge of $1,472 for water hook-up, and $1,144 for sewer hook-up. The fees go into a designated fund for water and sewer system maintenance and upgrades. After a recent evaluation of what is a reasonable charge for those hook ups, the city developed what it called a legally defendable rate of $5,243 for water and $3,444 for sewer. Public Works Director Adam Denlinger said although that is quite a jump in price, the extra revenues are sorely needed to ensure that Toledo’s water and sewer systems remain on line. He reminded the council that the city water system is in dire straits from the intakes on the Siletz River clear into town. And sewer upgrades will be costly as well to meet ever more stringent effluent discharge requirements.