AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE TOWN OF WEST BOYLSTON TO ASSESS COMPENSATORY SEWER PRIVILEGE FEES.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same as follows:
SECTION 1. Notwithstanding section 3 of chapter 83 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the board of sewer commissioners of the town of West Boylston, hereinafter referred to as the board or sewer commission, which in this act shall mean any other board or officer now or hereafter having charge of the repair and maintenance of sewers in the town of West Boylston, may, in its discretion, by permit upon application of the owner, allow land abutting upon a public or private way in which a common sewer has been laid to be connected with such sewer, but shall not be obligated to do so unless sufficient capacity exists at the time of the application and unless the parcel of land has heretofore or hereafter been assessed a sewer betterment or sewer privilege fee, and may limit the use of existing connections to the estimated sewage flow on which the betterment or privilege fee was based.
SECTION 2. Notwithstanding said section 3 of said chapter 83 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, an owner of land connected to the common sewer shall not reconstruct, enlarge, alter or renovate an existing structure on the land or expand, change or alter an existing use of the land without a permit from the board. The board may, in its discretion, permit continued use of an existing sewer connection, but shall not be obligated to permit continued use of an existing sewer connection for the reconstructed, enlarged, altered or renovated structure or expanded, changed or altered use, unless the estimated flow from the structure or use does not exceed the estimated sewage flow on which a betterment or privilege fee assessed upon the land was based.
SECTION 3. The sewer commission shall assess a sewer privilege fee for all connections to the common sewer or increased use of existing connections that are estimated to generate a sewage design flow calculated for the use of the land under title 5 of the state environmental code published at 310 CMR 15.203, or replacement regulations having the same purpose, in excess of the sewage design flow assigned to the relevant property at the time of assessment of a betterment assessment or privilege fee upon the relevant property, if any, including without limitation the actual betterment assessed by the board on or about February 9, 2011 to recover the final costs for establishing, developing and constructing the facilities described in section 4 of chapter 20 of the acts of 1999, unless the sewage flow from the improvements upon the land to be served by the new connection or increased use of an existing connection does not increase above the sewage flow assigned at the time of prior assessment of a betterment or privilege fee for that property.
SECTION 4. The privilege fee shall be assessed at the rate of $3,825 per equivalent residential unit, that is, per 220 gallons per day of sewage design flow estimated under said title 5, being the rate assessed as a betterment on or about February 9, 2011. This rate shall be indexed for inflation at 2.5 per cent per annum from that date.
SECTION 5. All revenue from privilege fees to be assessed under this act shall be deposited to the Sewer Enterprise Reserve Fund maintained by the town of West Boylston under section 53F ½ of chapter 44 of the General Laws, without the necessity of appropriation thereto by the legislative body of the town, and may be used by the board, as provided in said section 53F ½, for capital expenses of the enterprise, subject to appropriation, or to reduce sewer user charges if authorized by the board.
SECTION 6. Chapter 80 of the General Laws, relative to the apportionment, deferral, division, reassessment, abatement and collection of assessments, and to interest, shall apply to privilege fees assessed under this act, as modified by sections 2, 3 and 4 of chapter 95 of the acts of 1998.
SECTION 7. Privilege fees assessed by the board after February 9, 2011 under regulations of the board consistent with this act and assessed before the effective date of this act are hereby validated and revenue from those privilege fees received by the town of West Boylston from the effective date of this act shall be deposited to the Sewer Enterprise Reserve Fund under section 5.
SECTION 8. Notwithstanding this act, the board shall continue to have all the powers of sewer commissioners to assess betterments to recover the cost to the town of West Boylston of future sewer system capital projects from those obtaining benefit from those projects pursuant to chapters 80 and 83 of the General Laws as have been modified by sections 2, 3 and 4 of chapter 95 of the acts of 1998.
SECTION 9. This act shall take effect upon its passage.
Approved, July 1, 2013.