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City of Schenectady, NY
Schenectady County
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Pursuant to Subsection 26-a of § 20 of the General City Law as added by Chapter 765 of the Laws of 1951 and pursuant to Article 14-F of the General Municipal Law as added by Chapter 765 of the Laws of 1951, the City hereby establishes a scale of sewer rents for the use of the public sewers and imposes such sewer rents as an annual or semiannual charge on the real property within the City using such public sewers.
[Amended 8-8-1988 by L.L. No. 3-1988; 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-23]
Where premises are supplied with water by the City and the consumption of such water is not measured by a meter, the sewer rent shall be determined and adjusted by the Director as set forth in § 255-74 of Chapter 255 of this Code. The sewer rates within the City shall be as follows:
A. 
General uses.
Annual Flat Rates Inside City
Rate/Year
For one family, not exceeding 10 persons
$117.09
For each additional family
$117.09
For each bathtub
$38.89
For each shower separate from the bathtub
$38.89
For each toilet inside building
$58.54
For each toilet outside building
$156.06
For each hose for sprinkling purposes, for each 25 feet of frontage and fraction thereof
$19.50
For each garage with water: each stall
$58.54
For each public toilet
$156.06
For each public urinal
$156.06
For each store, bank, office, warehouse, shop, etc., not requiring an unusual supply of water
$135.58
B. 
The Director of the Department of Water and Wastewater may establish fixed rates for uses not listed above.
[Amended 8-8-1988 by L.L. No. 3-1988; 12-27-2010 by Ord. No. 2010-23]
Where premises are supplied with water by the City and the consumption is measured by meters, the sewer rent is to be based on the amount of water supplied or, if a sewage-flow meter is used, by the amount of sewage flow as determined by that meter but in no event may be less than the amount provided in Subsection B below.
A. 
For each six-month period for which meters are read, the sewer rent is as follows:
(1) 
Water consumed per cubic feet:
(a) 
Inside City sewer rent: $1.756 per 100 cubic feet.
(b) 
Outside City sewer rent: $1.937 per 100 cubic feet.
B. 
In any six-month period for which meters are read, the minimum inside City sewer rent is $95.25.
C. 
In any six-month period for which meters are read, the minimum outside City sewer rent is $106.07.
A. 
Flat-rate sewer rents shall be due and payable in advance in four equal installments. Such installments shall be payable and collected on the first day of January, April, July and October in each year, except that if the first day of such months shall fall on a Sunday or on a public holiday, the installment shall be payable and collected on the second day of such month. Each installment may be paid to the Director of Finance of the City of Schenectady within a period of 15 days after it is due and payable without any charge.
B. 
Bills for sewer rents computed on meter rates shall be due and payable on the first day of June and November in each year, except that if the first day of such month falls on a Sunday or public holiday, such bill shall be due and payable on the second day of such month. Each such bill may be paid to the Director of Finance within a period of 30 days after it is due and payable without any charge.
C. 
Any installment of a flat-rate sewer rent and any sewer rent bill which is not paid within the grace period set forth therefor in Subsections A and B of this section shall be deemed delinquent and shall bear the same rate of penalty or interest as that imposed in delinquent taxes on real property within the City. The City shall collect such penalties and interest on such delinquent sewer rents.
Sewer rents shall be liens against real property within the City to the extent set forth in § 452 of the General Municipal Law.
The City may enforce the collection of delinquent sewer rents pursuant to § 452 of the General Municipal Law.
If any owner of real property on which a sewer rent has been imposed deems himself aggrieved because such real property is not served by the sewer system or an error has been made in computing such sewer rent, he may file an application for a refund of all or part of such sewer rent. Such application shall be verified by him and shall set forth the amount of refund sought and the grounds therefor. Such application shall be presented to the Director of Finance, and he shall forward such application to the City Council with his recommendations in relation thereto. The City Council may, by a two-thirds vote, refund all or part of such sewer rent.
Pursuant to § 453 of the General Municipal Law, revenues derived from sewer rents shall be credited to a special fund to be known as the "Sewer Rent Fund." Disbursements therefrom shall be made pursuant to such section of the General Municipal Law.
None of such sewer rents shall be deemed a tax against any real property within the City.