An owner or owners of a lot or parcel for which one or more new utility connections or one or more larger water meters are required or requested may apply to the City for deferral of the Utility Connection Fee and the Utility Capital Facility Charge for a maximum period of one year from the date of issuance of associated permits. A deferral shall be subject to execution of an agreement with the City to pay a surcharge added to his/her combined utility billing calculated as follows:
The surcharge shall be the sum of the Utility Connection Fee and the Utility Capital Facility Charge increased by an interest factor determined by the City to reflect the City’s cost of borrowed money for the term of the deferral plus an administrative fee set by resolution of the City Council. Interest shall be calculated for and compounded at two month intervals until the obligation is fully paid. All unpaid charges and interest shall be due with the utility billing following the close of twelve month deferral term.
Said agreement shall be memorialized in writing in a form approved by the City Attorney and shall authorize the City to record a lien against the lot or parcel for which the surcharge is due. Upon execution of the agreement and recording a lien against the lot or parcel, the owner or owners shall receive a deferral equal to the full amount of the Utility Connection Fee and the Utility Capital Facility Charge. If timely payment is not received with the first utility billing twelve months after permit issuance, water service to the property may be shut off without notice until the final payment is remitted and/or the City may foreclose on the lien.
Payment of all other charges due for applicable utility connection(s), including, but not limited to, applicable Project Development Fees pursuant to SMC 15.04.126, shall be made at the time of permit issuance. (Ord. 2236, 2012; Ord. 2299, 2016)