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County nixes availability fees

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

BOLIVIA—County residents who have opted not to hook onto the county’s water lines will no longer be charged a fee just because the water is there.

With commissioners’ approval of the mandatory connection ordinance on Monday night, residents who were paying the $11 per month water availability fee will no longer be required to do so.

County attorney Huey Marshall said this would only affect residents whose homes were built prior to 1997. Connection was required to issue a building permit for any post-1998 construction, he said. No refunds will be issued for previously paid availability fees.

All new construction must connect to a county water line to receive a building permit, Marshall said, adding the approval of the mandatory connection ordinance would not change that.

“By establishing special rates and new categories the county can correctly classify and collect from customers with taps in service and customers without taps in service,” Marshall stated in a request to commissioners.

But Monday night’s approval of a county mandatory connection ordinance accommodated “for the removal of the $11 availability fee,” Marshall said.

Commissioners chairman Bill Sue said the county was able to do away with the availability fees because the county’s enterprise