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Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners made a good decision when they decided to make changes to the county’s water availability fee.
Previously, residents, whose homes were built before 1997, had to pay the $11 monthly fee just because the water service was available, even if a homeowner opted not to tap into the system.
With changes made Monday night, residents who don’t have a tap into the system, or those who choose to have a tap removed from their property, will no longer have to pay the fee.
Requiring people to pay for a service they weren’t using was problematic for the county. Its collection rate was less than 50 percent. Additionally, residents complained at public meetings and via letters to the editor here in the Beacon about what they believed was an unfair policy.
For some, $11 a month might not seem like a lot, but for many families on fixed incomes and senior citizens, the fee, many claimed, put an unnecessary burden on their finances.
Now that the county’s water and sewer system is up and operational, it makes sense to eliminate the fee placed upon people who weren’t using the service. This is particularly good timing considering the current economic climate where increased fuel prices and other associated higher costs of living have made it more difficult to stretch the dollar.
Commissioners also made a good decision when they decided to institute a mandatory connection ordinance for water and sewer service for all new homes and businesses—where water and sewer services are available.
By doing so quality water and sewer service will be ensured, which ultimately contributes to the overall quality of life in Brunswick County.