Yarmouth sewer fees set for public hearing

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YARMOUTH — The Town Council will hold a public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 17, to discuss consideration of sewer fees.

The council discussed the user fees in October, and decided to hear from the public before determining to continue or end the discussion.

About 2,500 households are connected to the public system and pay for the service through their property taxes. But an estimated 1,000 households not connected to the system also pay for it through their property taxes, even though they use septic or other private waste removal systems.

Nonprofit organizations, schools, the Tourist Visitor Center on Route 1, churches and veteran associations are not charged for the use of the public service.

If the council decides to consider implementing a sewer fee, it must determine how to assess and administer the fees, how to apply the fees to businesses and residences of varying sizes, and if the fees would be applied to sewer line maintenance, property tax relief or a combination of both.

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in the Log Cabin.