City of Watertown, NY
Jefferson County
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§ 253-17 Sewer service charges and surcharges.

A. 
A sewer service charge schedule shall be used for deriving revenues for financing and maintaining sewage collection and treatment facilities. The funds derived from these charges shall be used for all municipal expenses associated with design, engineering, constructing, improving or maintaining a sewerage system, including engineering, planning, construction, reconstruction of sewers and sewage treatment works and all necessary appurtenances thereto, including pumping stations, extension, enlargement, replacement or additions to the sewer system, separation of sanitary and stormwater sewers or the preliminary or other studies and surveys relative thereto and for the acquisition of land or rights-of-way for any of the capital improvements.
B. 
The sewer service charge shall be assigned to owners of properties located within or without the corporate limits of the City of Watertown who contribute sewage or industrial wastes to the municipal sanitary sewer system.
C. 
Rates.
[Last amended 6-16-2014 by L.L. No. 1-2014[1]]
(1) 
The basis for the normal sewer service charge shall be the volume of water consumed from the public water supply system by the individual property owner. The rates for both domestic and industrial metered sewer service within the City of Watertown shall be as follows:
(a) 
Quarterly meter rates:
Usage
Rate
[per 1,000 cubic feet (7,480 gallons)]
First 1,200 cubic feet (8,976 gallons)
$37.80
Over 1,200 cubic feet (8,976 gallons)
$22.05
(b) 
Monthly meter rates:
Usage
Rate
[per 1,000 cubic feet (7,480 gallons)]
First 400 cubic feet (2,992 gallons)
$37.80
Over 400 cubic feet (2,992 gallons)
$22.05
(c) 
Minimum charge for quarterly inside-City use:
Meter Size
(inches)
Cubic Feet
Gallons
Minimum Charge
5/8
900
6,732
$34.02
3/4
1,500
11,220
$51.98
1
2,700
20,196
$78.44
1 1/2
5,100
38,148
$131.36
2
8,400
62,832
$204.12
3
15,900
118,932
$369.50
4
26,400
197,472
$601.02
6
51,900
388,212
$1,163.30
8
84,000
628,320
$1,871.10
10
120,000
897,600
$2,664.90
(d) 
Minimum charge for monthly inside-City use:
Meter Size
(inches)
Cubic Feet
Gallons
Minimum Charge
5/8
300
2,244
$11.34
3/4
500
3,740
$17.33
1
900
6,732
$26.15
1 1/2
1,700
12,716
$43.79
2
2,800
20,944
$68.04
3
5,300
39,644
$123.17
4
8,800
65,824
$200.34
6
17,300
129,404
$387.77
8
28,000
209,440
$623.70
10
40,000
299,200
$888.30
(2) 
Elderly exemption. The basis for the sewer service charge provided to owners of real property inside the City who qualify for the elderly partial tax exemption shall be based upon the following rates:
Unit
Charge
1
$3.78
2
$7.56
3
$11.34
4
$15.12
5
$18.90
6
$22.68
7
$26.46
8
$30.24
[1]
Editor’s Note: This local law provided that the sewer service charges shall be instituted with the sewer bills dated on or after 7-1-2014.
D. 
The City Council reserves the right to change the water bill in accordance with the requirements of the above subsections. The determination of the property owner's classification as industrial, commercial or domestic shall be according to the present water charge schedule.
E. 
The sewer service charge assigned to any property owner who is not connected to the public water supply system but who is connected to the public sewers shall be based on the estimated or measured volume of sewage contributed to the public sewers by such property owner, as determined by the City Engineer. Such charges shall be expressed in terms similar to water charge arrangements.
F. 
The sewer service charge assigned to any property owner, with both a public and private water supply, whose contribution of sewage to the public sewers exceeds the volume of public water consumer by the owner, as evidenced by his water bill, shall be based on the estimated or measured volume of sewage entering the public sewers as determined by the City Engineer. Such charges shall be expressed in terms similar to water charge arrangements.
G. 
The sewer service charge assigned to any property owner who contributes industrial wastes to the public sewers or who contributes a combination of sewage and industrial wastes to the public sewers shall be determined as follows:
(1) 
The sewer service charge shall be determined in accordance with the previous subsections.
(2) 
A surcharge shall be added to the sewer service charge for any waste which exceeds the maximum strength and concentration standards. The charge shall depend on the strength and character of the waste finally admitted to the public sewers and shall be calculated in accordance with procedures outlined in Schedule A.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Schedule A is included at the end of this chapter.
H. 
Billing.
(1) 
Sewer service charges shall be billed with the water bill monthly for industrial accounts and quarterly for domestic accounts. Gross amounts due on these bills shall be due after the 20th day from the billing date. Net amounts are due by the 20th day from the billing date. A minimum sewer service charge shall be made for usage below minimum water usage and shall be equal to the quarterly minimum charge rate schedule as specified in Subsections C and D above. Sewer service charge payments shall constitute a lien upon the real property against which the charge is made. Delinquent sewer service charges shall be levied and collected as taxes, annually, against the real property for which they are made. If at any time net and gross billings are dropped from the water bill, the sewer service charge at the rate established from this Article shall be applied to the water bill with payment due at the same time as the water bill.
(2) 
Surcharges shall be billed monthly. A penalty of 10% of the total amount shall be added to any bill which is not paid on or before the 20th day after the billing date. Surcharge payments shall constitute a lien upon the real property against which the charge is made. Delinquent surcharges shall be levied and collected as taxes, annually, against the real property for which they are made.
(3) 
Surcharges shall begin when the existing sewage treatment plant has been upgraded to secondary treatment, the date thereof shall coincide with the date of the engineer's certificate of substantial completion of the project.
I. 
The City Council reserves the right, from time to time, to change sewer service charges originally or previously assigned to any property owner.

§ 253-18 (Reserved). [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 253-18, Industrial cost recovery, was repealed 3-20-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995.

§ 253-19 Disposition of charges and moneys.

A. 
All charges and moneys collected under § 253-17 shall be credited to the revenues of the Sewer Rent Fund for Sewage Facilities, which fund is hereby established.
B. 
(Reserved)[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, dealing with the disposal of moneys collected pursuant to § 253-18, was repealed 3-20-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995.

§ 253-20 (Reserved). [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 253-20, Disposition of existing charges, was repealed 3-20-1995 by L.L. No. 2-1995.