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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Public utilities board proposes rate changes on new development

  • The McPherson Board of Public Utilities is looking to increase fees for new developments.
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  • The McPherson Board of Public Utilities is looking to increase fees for new developments.
    While a decision has not yet been made, BPU discussed some changes on its water and electric policies for new development during a board meeting on Monday.
    Tim Maier, BPU general manager, said water installation payments on new developments are currently paid upfront, with the total cost split 50/50 between the developer and the utility. BPU then rebates the developer one hundred percent of his payment during a five-year period. What is being proposed is to change the period from five years to seven, with BPU only paying 50 percent of the rebate.
    For electric installation, Maier said BPU is proposing to increase charges to the developer. Currently, developers are charged $5 per foot for underground installations in and around the development. BPU is proposing to increase those rates to $8 per foot.
    Maier said the proposed changes to development policies is mostly due to inflation, noting that the electric installation rates have not changed since 1996.
    “Our policy is still very pro-development,” Maier said. “McPherson is still more favorable for new development than its surrounding communities.”

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