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To the editor:
1 just received my first utility bill since hooking into the Brunswick sewer system for $55.07. The 7 cents was for my water consumption. There was my usual charge of $11 or water base service charge and a new charge of $39 for waste water residential and $5 for grinder pump maintenance fee. This means if I don’t turn on one spigot or flush the toilet for a month, I’d still owe Brunswick County Public Utilities $55.
1 was told there are about 12,500 households currently hooked into the sewer system, which will soon grow to about 14,000 households. The cost to repair a grinder ranges from $800 to $1,300 to be completely rebuilt. The grinder pump maintenance fee will generate $70,000 a month, which would pay for the county to repair over 1/20th of the grinders every year. The waste water residential fee (don’t know the non-residential fee) will generate $546,000 a month. That’s $6.5 million a year. I was told the budget for the current fiscal year was $4 million. I didn’t ask if that was just for sewer. If you add the water base service charge, the two fees will generate $8.4 million a year.
Although this generates interesting questions, I’m concerned about the county’s per-parcel assessment of $5,303.53 for Sunset Beach. Those who are unable to pay in-full within 30 days of the assessment notice will have to pay $53.57 a month in interest and principal in addition to the $55 before they use the first drop.