SURGOINSVILLE — The Surgoinsville Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved its usage fee and tap-on fee for the new $3.5 million sewer system during Monday’s regular monthly meeting.
The board will meet in special session on Dec. 19, however, to determine the guidelines for a tap-on fee payment plan based on household income.
Monday evening the Surgoinsville BMA approved a one-time $1,250 tap-on fee, as well as a $7.20 per 1,000 gallon usage rate with a minimum monthly bill of $20.
Lower-income families will have their tap-on fee paid for them.
Mayor Johnny Greer told the Times-News Wednesday he’s not exactly sure what the household income cutoff will be to receive assistance with a tap-on fee, but that information should be available at the Dec. 19 meeting.
Other details about the tap-on fee will be determined Dec. 19, such as the down payment, and opportunities for customers to pay off the balance a little bit at a time on their monthly bill.
Construction bids for Surgoinsville’s new sewer system are expected to be advertised late this month or early next month. Construction is expected to take about a year.
The new sewer system entails a trunk line running from Surgoinsville’s middle and elementary schools along Main Street to the Phipps Bend Industrial Park where it will connect to the Church Hill system for treatment.
The initial phase of the project includes 300 customers.
For more information, contact Surgoinsville City Hall at (423) 345-2213.