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The Board of Trustees of the Kennebunk Sewer District will hold a Rate Hearing at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, 2021 via the web conferencing app, Zoom.  The purpose of the Rate Hearing will be to set rates and fees for 2021.  For those interested in attending this online meeting, please email Christopher Gallant (Assistant Manager) at cgallant@ksdistrict.org to obtain the meeting ID and password.  For online security and privacy reasons, the ID and password cannot be shared online.

Sewer User Fees

The Board of Trustees of the Kennebunk Sewer District are proposing that sewer user fees be adjusted for the calendar year 2021.

 Residential Customers

Below is a comparison of the 2020 rates with those being proposed for 2021:

Sewer Fee Component Charges     2020      2021
Debt Retirement Charges $177.65 $198.98
Support System Charges $401.00 $405.00
Variable Operation & Maintenance Charges $0.03095 $0.03104

 

For Kennebunk Sewer District, the average residential user uses 8,000 cubic feet (ft3) of water per year.  The sewer user fee for the average user will see an increase in the annual bill of 3.2%. The increase is primarily due to the cost of labor, materials, and insurances.  Debt Retirement and Support System charges are based on the number of equivalent dwelling units (EDU) on the property.

Vacant lots will be charged $1.30 per foot of frontage.  Ready to Serve customers will be charged for Debt Retirement charges for each equivalent dwelling unit.

Commercial and Industrial Customers

Commercial and Industrial customers shall be charged one Debt Retirement and Support System charge for each 12,000 ft3 of water consumed with a minimum of one unit. A comparison of the 2020 rates and the proposed rates for 2021 are presented below:

Sewer Fee Component Charges     2020      2021
Debt Retirement Charges $177.65 $198.98
Support System Charges $401.00 $405.00
Variable Operation & Maintenance Charges $0.03095 $0.03104

 

Equity Buy In Fee

Equity Buy-In Fees are one time charges for new construction or changes of use that result in more wastewater discharged to the public sewer. Fees collected are used to pay for the cost of capital improvements to the wastewater treatment facility and collection systems. Rates for single family homes or Equivalent Dwelling Units (EDU) are set at 250 gallons per day.

Equity Buy-In Fees 2020 Cost per EDU /   Gallon 2021 Cost per EDU / Gallon
Cost per 250 gallons per day(gpd) $4645.00 per EDU @ 250 gallons per day $4875.00 per EDU @ 250 gallons per day
Cost per gallon $18.58 per gallon $19.50 per gallon

 

Collection System Impact Fees

Annually, the Board adjusts the Collection System Impact Fees for continued need and annual cost adjustments. In 2019, the Board of Trustees determined that the Route One North and Route One South capacity needs had been addressed and those fees have been discontinued.  The remaining fee for the Turnpike Zone will remain in effect and will be applied to any development west of the turnpike’s easternmost boundary.  Those fees have been adjusted by 1.61% based on the Construction Cost Index as published by the Engineering News Record.

Collection System Impact Fees   2020 Cost per Gallon  2021 Cost per Gallon
Turnpike Impact Fee $10.27 $10.44

For more information on the Rate Hearing please call the District offices at (207) 985-4741.

James Oppert, Clerk                                                          February 4, 2021