Beaumont City Council to Vote on $60.2 Million Fee to Fund New Treatment Plant Facility

The Salt Mitigation Facilities are necessary to remove salt from recycled water, as required by the State Regional Water Quality Control Board, according to a city staff report.

The Beaumont City Council will vote on whether to approve a $60.2 million fee needed to construct a facility at the Beaumont Wastewater Treatment Plant at Tuesday's city council meeting.

The Salt Mitigation Facilities are necessary to remove salt from recycled water, as required by the State Regional Water Quality Control Board, according to a city staff report.

A study produced by the public works department and the community and economic development department estimates that about 64 percent of the total cost will be funded through a salt mitigation facility fee and and the remainder of the cost would come from service charges, grants and loans, according to the staff report. The study recommends that a fee of $1,683.69 per new home or equivalent building be passed on to developers.

In a letter to City Manager Alan Kapanicas, Bill Blankenship, CEO of the Riverside County Building Industry Association, requested that the item be removed from the Aug. 21 agenda in order to continue discussions.

"The proposed fee study is quite voluminous and we have been given limited time to review and validate the assumptions used to justify the resulting fee," said Blankenship in a letter dated Aug. 2 to the city. "Increasing the cost of doing business in the City of Beaumont will have severe economic impact to the city and its residents."

Blankenship said the association shares the goals of the city in maximizing water resources.

The city's study states that, based on the future growth of population and land uses, the fees would generate enough revues to offset the costs of the improvement.

The staff report says construction can take place on certain facilities in phases, therefore the facility fee may periodically need to be amended to take advantage of credits and reimbursements.

The city council meeting is open to the public and will take place at 6 p.m. at the Beaumont Civic Center, 550 E. 6th Street.

BMF2012 August 22, 2012 at 01:58 PM
So Judy- how much will they have to raise the sewer rates? To cover $60 million with 12K households that's 5K a household. JUST ANOTHER BEAUMONT TAX! When will the citizens of Beaumont wake up and see that council has ran the city so poorly the last 10 years! Like a business, surely. For profit.
BMF2012 August 22, 2012 at 02:02 PM
Yes- $5 million annual cost. Just what Urban Logic wants. More $$$ for them. I'll bet you anything they get the contract. And then they can use their own Black Bear valves too. Triple Dippin guys! Go Deepak, Go Dillon.
Chris Carter August 22, 2012 at 08:29 PM
A hostile takeover??Joe Aklufi had no choice but to resign after the entire board of directors of the Box Springs Mutual Water Co was ousted for neither they or he did a thing while the General Manage embezzled the place clean. Now a board of directors of an independent water district which services at least three towns, which is doing the right thing by not wrongfully assuming the burden of something solely under Beaumont's control, and now Aklufi thinks its the right time for a hostile takeover? Can't wait to see the press on that one. Would someone tell these guys that no means no? It doesn't mean not working together. It means NO. How about I built an addition on my house and send you the bill, Beaumont? And when you say no, I'll post all over facebook that you won't work together with me. No wonder these guys miss the good old days when the old management worked together with them, meaning did whatever they wanted. Deforge just got fined for not reporting no-bid contract money to the FPPC that he was given by that old "working together" management. Now the new management can't be corrupted, and you want to advertise how hostile it makes you? Credibility- its in the dictionary.
Inside Informer August 23, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Let's not forget the clowns at Wildermuth Environmental either.
Ken January 28, 2013 at 01:32 AM


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