Chapter 15.30
CONNECTION CHARGES

Sections:

15.30.010    Application of connection charges.

15.30.020    Timing and procedures for determination of connection charge.

15.30.030    Determination of the amount of the connection charge.

15.30.040    Use of monies raised through connection charges.

15.30.050    Failure to pay connection charge.

15.30.010 Application of connection charges.

Except as provided in Chapter 10.16 AMC, relating to properties within the North Albany sanitary basin, a connection charge shall be due and payable when any person, corporation, or legal entity, connects to or accesses the City’s sanitary sewers, water distribution facilities, storm drains, and/or improved streets, from or for the benefit of any real property against which no assessment has previously been levied or for which the cost of constructing the sanitary sewer, water distribution facility, storm drain, and/or improved street has not been paid by the property owner or predecessor thereof. The City Council shall by separate resolution establish, and may from time to time amend, a methodology which shall be used to determine the criteria by which a determination will be made concerning the application of any particular connection charge to any particular property within the City. (Ord. 5565 § 4, 2003).

15.30.020 Timing and procedures for determination of connection charge.

If the sanitary sewer, water distribution facility, storm drain, and/or improved street is to be utilized pursuant to any activity involving a land division, the amount of the applicable connection charge shall be paid, in full, prior to the signing of the final plat. In all other cases, the connection charge shall be assessed and paid, in full, prior to the issuance of any building permit or encroachment permit authorizing construction on real property which will utilize or connect to any of the City facilities in AMC 15.30.010. (Ord. 5565 § 4, 2003).

15.30.030 Determination of the amount of the connection charge.

The City Council shall, by separate resolution, establish and may, from time to time, revise, a methodology for determining a fair and equitable connection charge when such charge is due pursuant to AMC 15.30.020. (Ord. 5565 § 4, 2003).

15.30.040 Use of monies raised through connection charges.

Revenues obtained through connection charges shall only be used for the same type of facility for which the charge was collected. For example, street connection charges shall only be utilized for authorized street fund purposes. Connection charges may be used to repay third persons, other governmental entities, or the City in the event that these entities provided the original funding which constructed the improved facility to which connection is allowed. Funds not so utilized shall be set aside and budgeted for in-fill improvements within each applicable capital fund. (Ord. 5565 § 4, 2003).

15.30.050 Failure to pay connection charge.

Any development permit, building permit, or encroachment permit erroneously issued by the City without payment of the connection charge required by this chapter shall be void and, in addition to any other remedy or consequence which may follow from the use or occupancy of premises without the required permit, failure to pay the connection charge within 10 days following written notice by the City, addressed to the property owner at the address shown on the applicable county tax records, shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable under the general penalty provided at AMC 1.04.010. (Ord. 5565 § 4, 2003).