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City officials consider raising water connection fees
Water Department director Anthony Pelham
McMinnville officials are considering measures that will increase water and sewer connection fees, increase the penalties for cutting off locks to disconnected water customers, and increase the after-hour service fee to reconnect.According to Water Department director Anthony Pelham, the city is losing money on its water tapping fees – the charge for connecting to the city’s water supply.“Currently, we are losing money every time we set a tap,” said Pelham. “In some cases, we aren’t even covering our material costs on our meters. What you have in front of you is what I recommend, inside the city and outside the city, as well as 4-inch and 6-inch sewer taps.”Pelham proposed the following changes to water tapping fees:• 5/8 by 3/4-inch service connection for customers inside the city limits would increase from $900 to $1,000 and customers outside the city limits from $1,050 to $1,150.