PUBLIC MEETING: Tuolumne Utilities District Board of Directors, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, 18885 Nugget Blvd., Sonora.
The Tuolumne Utilities District board is scheduled to hear an advisory committee’s recommendations for revised water connection fees, a topic that stirred controversy last year.
Despite early concerns from TUD customers that the fees would be lowered to benefit developers, the committee concluded that the up-front charges for connecting a single family residence to the district’s treated-water system are about $1,300 too low.
According to meeting documents, the committee recommended raising the costs from $4,200 to $5,500.
In August 2013, the TUD board unanimously voted to form a committee that would review the district’s current water connection fees and make recommendations on any changes if needed. Committee members are representatives from the County of Tuolumne, City of Sonora, Twain Harte Community Services District, Tuolumne County Business Council and the public.
The board ordered the review after receiving a formal request from development advocates Ron Kopf and Mark Banks, who felt at the time that the existing fees were too high and hindered economic growth in the county.
For the complete story, see the March 24, 2014, edition of The Union Democrat.