SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT PUBLIC FORUM
SEWER BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT PUBLIC FORUM
TOWN OF KITTERY
COUNCILWORKSHOP – 6:00PM, MAY 2ND, 2016
STAR THEATER, KITTERY COMMUNITY CENTER
1. OPEN – INTRODUCTIONS – OVERVIEW
2. PUBLIC COMMENT
3. COUNCIL DISCUSSION
GROUND RULES (please) BREVITY-NON-REPETITION-CIVILITY
THE FOCUS IS ON THE ISSUES
“NOT HOW WE GOT HERE…..BUT WHAT CAN AND SHOULD BE DONE ABOUT IT”
NOTE THAT NO COUNCIL DECISIONS MAY BE MADE AT A WORKSHOP
AN EXPECTED RESULT MAY BE FOR COUNCIL TO REQUEST THE TOWN MANAGER TO BRING FORTH AN ASSESSMENT PLAN RECOMMENDATION, INCORPORATING ANY CONSENSUS DIRECTION THE COUNCIL MAY SUGGESTPage 2 of 10
SEWER DEPARTMENT SUPERINTENDENT
KLEINFELDER ASSOCIATES PROJECT MANAGER
COUNCILOR JEFFREY THOMSON
COUNCILOR FRANK DENNETT
COUNCILOR KEN LEMONT
COUNCIL VICE CHAIR CHARLES DENAULT
COUNCILOR RUSSELL WHITE
COUNCILOR JUDITH SPILLER
COUNCIL CHAIRPERSON GARY BEERSPage 3 of 10
FROM PRESENTATION TO PLANNNING BOARD, JAN 2013
MAP OF THE SYSTEM
SEWER SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTIRE
Wastewater Treatment Facility (2.4 MGD)
Pumping Stations (21 total)
Buried Sewer Pipes (23.5 miles)
2,000 Sewer Connections for
Kittery + P.N.S. + Eliot
SYSTEM REPLACEMENT VALUE – $100 Million+Page 4 of 10
CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
Reinvest in public infrastructure to ensure it will serve its users’ needs
Identify the necessary improvements to existing infrastructure
Plan for sewer expansion to meet Town’s long term development goals
i.e. Sewer System Expansion/Extension Northwest of Rte 95
SEWER EXPANSION PLANNING HISTORY
1991 Sewering Master Plan
1999 Comprehensive Plan
2004 Route 236Wastewater Collection Expansion Study
2010 Kittery/Eliot Sewer Extension Study and Evaluation
KITTERY COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, 1999-2002
“The Town should continue to upgrade the existing sewer and pump station system and continue to reduce the amount of infiltration and inflow of stormwater into the sewer system.”
“The Town should plan for the extension of sewers into those areas where they are needed to facilitate growth that is consistent with the land use policies. Extension of sewers west of the Turnpike in the Route 236 Corridor should be a priority if needed to facilitate high quality nonresidential development within designated growth areas.”
SEWER EXPANSION BENEFITS
Economic Development (Route 236 & Business Park)
Alleviate “Overboard Discharge”
Provide Sewer to Land Unsuitable for Septic Systems
Expand tax basePage 5 of 10
SEWER SYSTEMEXPANSION CAPITAL COST (2013)Page 6 of 10
Project Public Meetings conducted
January 10, 2013 Planning Board Meeting
January 31, 2013 Planning Board Meeting
February 25, 2013 Town Council Workshop
March 4, 2013 Town Council Meeting
March 25, 2013 Town Council Meeting
April 8, 2013 Town Council Meeting
May 16, 2013 Public Informational Meeting
June 11, 2013 Referendum Vote
June 24, 2013 Town Council Workshop
July 8, 2013 Town Council Meeting
August 22, 2013 Planning Board Meeting
August 26, 2013 Town Council Meeting
March 31, 2014 Town Council Workshop
May 28, 2014 Town Council Meeting
November 13, 2014 Planning Board Meeting
October 19, 2015 Town Council Workshop
Met all the requirements of Maine Law, Town Charter, and local ordinancePage 7 of 10
PROJECTED DEPARTMENT REVENUE
ASSESSMENT PARCEL / AREA / FRONTAGE – REVIEWED
For Tax Map data visit Town website to see all 2015 tax maps: http://www.kitteryme.gov/Pages/KitteryME_Assessor/2015%20Tax%20Maps/
Deeds can be downloaded for free at the York County Registry of Deeds after creating a username/password & downloading JAVA: https://gov.propertyinfo.com/ME-York/
Residents can also refer to the Kittery GIS or the Vision Government Solutions public site (may not be as accurate or current as in-house database):
Area data: All of the Area data has come from the Town’s Vision Appraisal database. This square footage is on what property owners are taxed.Page 8 of 10
Frontage data: All frontage data has come from tax maps and deeds.
If frontage information was present on a tax map, it was used.
If, however, that data did not make visual sense compared to surrounding parcels OR was very different from original data, the deeds were checked for correct information. If the deeds were a dead end, tax map data was used.
DISCREPANCIES IN THE FINAL PLAN ARE GROUNDS FOR APPEAL
PROJECT & BETTERMENT ASSESSMENT DETAILS
Total Project Cost $7,586,525
Total Betterment Assessment $3,793,263 (50% of Total Project Cost)
Total Number of Parcels 158
Total Front Footage 26,188 linear ft.
Total Area 13,742,202 sq. ft.
Selected Betterment Assessment Per Parcel = unit cost + frontage cost + area cost
Unit = (50%) $1,896,631.25 / Number of Parcels = $12,004.00 /Parcel
Frontage = (25%) $948,315.63 X Parcel Total Frontage = $36.21 /l. ft.
Area = (25%) $948,315.63 X Parcel Total Area = $0.07 /sq. ft.
COUNCIL DISCUSSION CONSIDERATIONS
1. Is any of Betterment Assessment Scenario 2, 3, or 4 more “fair and equitable” than the selected Scenario 1, and should it be changed?
2. Is there some other formula basis that achieves a more “fair and equitable” result?
3. Should Council consider: a. a reduction of the 50% of project cost allocated to betterment assessments?
b. a revision to Title 13 §13.2.2 Sewer Impact Fee Fund, to allow use of collected impact fees for this debt?
c. a revision to Title 13 §22.214.171.124 to allow a longer payment plan period? (and would that be legal?)?
d. authorizing a delay in the Title 13 §126.96.36.199 90-day mandate to connect (i.e. deferment of betterments for those with relatively new septic systems)?
e. deferment of betterments for low income elderly?
4. Should Council: a. obligate Tax Increment Finance (TIF) District 3 – Business Park Funds – to offset the property assessment total?
b. consider use of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) funds (available & future) to offset the property assessment total?
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THE NEXT STEPS
Town Code Title 13 §188.8.131.52.4 Record of Location of Sewer Line—Notification of Owner.
A. The municipal officers shall file with the clerk of the Town the location of the sewer line and sewage disposal units and appurtenances, with a profile description of the same and a statement of the amount assessed upon each lot or parcel of land so assessed and the name of the owner of the lots or parcels of land or person against whom the assessment is made.
UPON TOWN MANAGER PRESENTATION OF THE ASSESSMENT PLAN TO COUNCIL
PUBLIC HEARING TO BE SCHEDULED & HELD
APPEALS MUST BE FILED WITHIN 10 DAYSPage 10 of 10