Sparks City Council Meeting 10/14/2019 2:00:00 PM

    Monday, October 14, 2019 2:00 PM
    Council Chambers, Legislative Bldg, 745 4th Street, Sparks, NV

Public Hearing and Action Items Unrelated to Planning and Zoning: 10.2

Title: SECOND READING, Public hearing, discussion, and possible action on Bill No. 2764, amending section 13.24.020 and 13.24.030 of the Sparks Municipal Code to correct the Sewer and Storm Drain Connection Fees; and providing for other matters properly related thereto
Petitioner/Presenter: John Martini, P.E., Assistant City Manager/Kevin Porter P.E., Utility Manager
Recommendation: Staff recommends the City Council approve Bill No.2764.
Financial Impact: None.
Business Impact (Per NRS 237):
A Business Impact Statement is not required because this is not a rule.
Agenda Item Brief:

This agenda item proposes amending Section 13.24.020 and 13.24.030 of the Sparks Municipal Code to correct the sewer and storm drain connection fees approved by City Council on December 10, 2018.  The residential connection fee will change from $7,332.54 to $7,356.48 and the commercial connection fee will change from $344.33 per weighted fixture unit to $339.79 per weighted fixture unit.     


City Council adopted Bill Number 2753 on December 10, 2018, which intended to increase the residential and commercial sewer connection fees by 30%, among other sewer rate adjustments.  The adjusted connection fee rates listed in Sparks Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 13.24 after approval of Bill Number 2753 were derived from the rate study model, which utilized generalized and rounded fees for comparing various model scenarios.  The result of using the fees derived from the model was a 29.5% increase to the residential sewer component and a 32.1% increase to the commercial sewer component of the connection fees, rather than the 30% increase that City Council intended. 


Based on City Council’s stated intention to approve a 30% sewer connection fee rate increase, an amendment is required to correct the 29.5% residential and 32.1% commercial increases in SMC Chapter 13.24. The financial billing system used to collect connection fees correctly applied the 30% increase beginning January 1, 2019, as City Council intended. This Bill will correct the connection fees listed in Title 13.24 to reflect the 30% increase to sewer connection fees intended by City Council at the December 10, 2018 meeting.

  1. City Council could approve the Bill as outlined by staff.
  2. City Council could deny the bill and provide direction to the City Manager

Recommended Motion:

I move to approve Bill No. 2764, amending Section 13.24.020 and 13.24.030 of the Sparks Municipal Code.

Attached Files:
     01 - Title 13 - Proposed Ordinance Changes.doc
     01 - Title 13 - Proposed Ordinance Changes.pdf
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