Those looking to connect to Blaine’s municipal water during this year could end up paying less than expected.
During their regular meeting Monday, Blaine City Council unanimously passed a resolution that would reduce water hook-up fees for new development by about 30 percent after a mistake by the city’s billing department. Blaine finance director Jeff Lazenby said the measure comes after the city mistakenly phased in 2011 fees instead of the predetermined 2009 fees.
Blaine public works director Steve Banham said according to the water and sewer rate study conducted by FCS Group, the fees, called general facility fees (GFF), are scheduled to be phased in over a period of three years with the 2009 fee set at $2,325, the 2010 fee set at $2,831 and the 2011 fee at $3,337.
For the five builders who already paid the 2011 rates, Banham said the city will send out checks reimbursing them for amounts ranging from $1,000 to $1,500.
“We’re calling it our little Blaine stimulus check,” Banham said. “Those are letters I don’t mind signing.”