High Springs New Sewer System
High Springs residents could pay up to $10,000 for a new sewer system in what's being called an environmentally sensitive area, but some residents aren't too happy they'll have to foot the bill. The sewer system will only affect homes built after 1998. The City of High Springs received federal funding to help with the system nine years ago and that covered the cost of installation for pre-existing homes, but for those who live in homes built after 1998, they'll have to "dig up" some cash to pay for the new system.
For those that were built after 1998, construction costs and installation fees could range between $4500-$6500, depending on the size of the property. Then there is an impact fee of $3200.
"So I would say we are looking at anywhere between $7000 to $9000, $10,000," says Jim Drumm, High Springs City Manager. "$10,000 being the worst case scenario, but I would say closer to $7000, $8000 is the amount it would be."
Some residents say they weren't notified that they would have to pay these costs when they built or bought their home. City officials say they tried to extend the federal funding, but the government has been firm in keeping the cut off year of 1998.
By Nathalie Pozo, WCJB TV 20 News
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