Rate Increase Meter Size Change Policy
1. This Rate Increase Meter Size Change Policy is made effective as of April 8, 2015.
Any current metered customer, as of the effective date of this Policy, may request an upsize or downsize of their meter(s). After one year, the District will assess a meter-change fee in addition to all applicable impact fees, Ordinance II fees, and meter installation fees associated with upsizing or downsizing a meter. Any financing by the District to upgrade a meter size will only be allowed during the first year of this Policy. No financing will be provided after April 8, 2016.
3. All meters shall stay with the current property and shall not be transferred to any other property.
a. Impact Fees
a. Property owner shall pay the difference in impact fees between the larger meter size (going to) and the smaller meter size (moving from) based on the District’s current impact fee schedule.
b. Since, among other reasons, a property owner may elect to downsize their meter in order to potentially reduce their total monthly water service charges, no refund of impact fees will be provided if a property owner chooses to downsize their meter.
c. If a property owner has more than one meter, and wants to perform an equal change out (i.e., upsize one ¾” meter to 1 ½” and downsize one 1 ½” meter to ¾” meter), no additional impact fees will be assessed.
b. Ordinance II Fees
a. Property owner shall pay the difference in Ordinance II fees between the larger meter size (going to) and the smaller meter size (moving from) based on the District’s current Ordinance II fees.
b. Since, among other reasons, a property owner may elect to downsize their meter in order to potentially reduce their total monthly water service charges, no refund of Ordinance II fees will be provided if a property owner chooses to downsize their meter.
c. If a property owner has more than one meter, and wants to perform an equal change out (i.e., upsize one ¾” meter to 1 ½” and downsize one 1 ½” meter to ¾” meter), no additional Ordinance II fees will be assessed.
c. Meter Installation Fees
a. Property owner shall pay the difference in Meter Installation fees between the larger meter size (going to) and the smaller meter size (moving from) based on the District’s Meter Installation fees at the time the meter size is changed.
b. Property owner shall not be required to pay any additional Meter Installation fee if downsizing their meter.
5. Other Costs:
a. In some instances, including as one example and without limitation, when upgrading from a smaller meter to a larger meter, the existing lateral line from the water main to the meter box and from the meter box to the building or facility will be too small to convey the required amount of water to the building/facility. In such cases if the property owner chooses to change the meter size, the property owner shall pay all costs of upgrading the lateral from the water main to the meter box, and from the meter box to the building/facility. The District recommends the property owner consult with the District regarding meter upsizing and potential impacts to the property owner.
b. The property owner shall also be responsible for any other costs associated with upsizing their meter, whether anticipated or unanticipated.
c. The District will not change out a meter until the customer has completed any necessary upgrade or re-sizing of the existing lateral line(s) running from the water main to the meter box and from the meter box to the building or facility.
6. District Financing of Meter Upgrades:
a. A current property owner shall have one year from the effective date of this Policy to apply for financing of meter change outs.
b. Only existing meters to be upsized, as of the effective date of this Policy, will be eligible for District financing. Financing is available to pay for the upsizing costs including the additional Impact Fees, Ordinance II Fees, and Meter Installation Fees that will be assessed. Costs to upgrade service lateral line sizes (pipe, trenching, backfill, asphalt, and other related costs) are not eligible for District financing. Customers wishing to finance the upsizing of their meter(s) must apply via letter to the District for financing before this Policy expires (see paragraph 2 above).
c. Terms of the financing will be for five years and no interest will be assessed so long as all payments are made on time.
d. The property owner shall pay at least 10% of the total upsizing costs and all fees upfront, before the upsizing will occur. The balance of all costs and fees shall be paid to the District in equal monthly payments over a period of five years. Payments shall be made monthly, due by the 15th day of each month in cash, check, or money order. The first payment shall be due on the 15th day of the month after the meter has been upsized.
e. There shall be no prepayment penalty if a property owner pays off some or all of the outstanding balance early.
f. The obligation to pay the District the costs and fees associated with upsizing a meter shall constitute an obligation running with the land and shall be binding upon all subsequent owners, heirs, representatives, successors, and permitted assignees.
g. The District shall have a lien against the property securing all payment obligations in addition to all other rights and remedies allowed by law.
7. Late Payments.
a. If a payment is more than 30 calendar days late, interest will accrue on the amount of the missed payment at a rate of 1.5% per month until the balance is brought current.
b. If a payment is more than 45 calendar days late, the water meter will be locked. The property owner will also be charged, in addition to all other costs and interest, a $25.00 unlock fee prior to the District unlocking the meter.
c. If a payment is more than 60 calendar days late, the District may call the entire unpaid balance of the meter upsizing costs and fees immediately due, the District may record notice of its lien against the property, and the District may take further action against the property or to foreclose the lien in order to collect the unpaid balance. In addition, the lien shall include and the property owner shall be responsible for all of the District’s attorney’s fees and costs associated with the lien, foreclosure of the lien, and the collection of the unpaid balance. The entire amount due to the District (including fees, costs, and interest) must be paid to the District before any lien is removed.
d. Payments shall first be applied to collection costs and legal expenses and then to interest, applicable late fees, and lastly to principal.
a. Any failure by the District to insist upon a property owner’s timely or full performance of any obligations or conditions under this Policy shall not constitute a waiver of any such obligations or conditions, all such obligations and conditions shall continue and remain in full force and effect.
b. In the event any portion of this Policy is ever declared by any court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal, or unenforceable, such portion shall be deemed severed from this Policy, and the remaining parts of the Policy, including without limitation the remaining parts of the paragraph of which the invalid, illegal or unenforceable portion was a part, shall remain in full force and effect as fully as though such invalid or unenforceable portion had never been part of this Policy. Any such invalid or unenforceable portion shall be replaced with a valid and enforceable provision which will achieve, to the extent possible, the economic and other purposes of the invalid, illegal or unenforceable portion.
THIS POLICY WAS DULY APPROVED AND ADOPTED BY THE VIRGIN VALLEY WATER DISTRICT BOARD OF DIRECTORS AT A PUBLIC MEETING HELD ON APRIL 7, 2015.
Nephi Julien, President Mary Johnson, Secretary-Treasurer
Virgin Valley Water District Virgin Valley Water District
End of Policy
On February 8, 2015 the District Board approved a Rate increase. This increase took into account the meter size of the customers. The billing tiers for water use were linked to the different size of meters that customers have. The District Board and Staff wanted to assist those who would need to upsize or downsize their meter, based on their monthly use, during this transition. On April 8, 2015 the District Board approved a Meter Size Change Policy to help accommodate customers with this change.
If you would like to change your meter size, you can locate the full policy within the Districts current Rules, Regulation and Rates.