Commissioners approve flat fee for septic owners

first_imgWith the new year will come a new county septic system fee structure.Beginning in January, Clark County septic system owners will no longer pay county inspection and tipping fees. Instead, the approximately 34,000 septic owners in the county will see an annual fee of $16.50 added to their property taxes in the spring.The Clark County Commissioners, serving in their role as the board of health, on Wednesday morning approved an ordinance to replace the two county fees with one flat fee. The decision came after a discussion and public hearing that lasted about an hour and a half.Under the multiple-fee structure, the county charged a $20 electronic reporting fee for inspections and a tipping fee of 6 cents per gallon of liquid pumped. Depending on the type of septic system, inspections are required every one, two or three years. Septic tanks are typically pumped every three to five years.On average, the new flat fee system will reduce the annual cost to residents, said Marni Storey, deputy director of Clark County Public Health. The new fee does not cover the cost of the actual inspection or tipping by contractors.The fee revenue funds a county “operations and maintenance” program. The program offers guidance for residents who need to repair their systems or have questions about the inspection process. Program employees also field complaints and conduct performance audits of private pumpers, inspectors and installers. State law requires the county program.last_img

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