The Ann Arbor city council has given initial approval to changes in the way utility improvement charges are calculated. The initial action was taken on May 13, 2013 at a meeting that had started on May 6. If the changes are given final approval at a subsequent meeting, the charges would be calculated differently for the next two years. That would give the city time to hire a consultant to give a more comprehensive review to the charges.
The charges are due when a single- or two-family property connects to water and sewer for the first time. The charges are paid by either the contractor/developer or the property owner, depending on who makes the request for a connection. [.pdf of connection charge comparison]
The action on improvement charges comes after the council had debated proposed increases to the charges at its Jan. 22, 2013 and ultimately rejected the increase for this year.
This brief was filed from the city council’s chambers on the second floor of city hall, located at 301 E. Huron. A more detailed report will follow: [link]