Sedona AZ–At their September 28, 2010 Council Meeting, Sedona City Council unanimously approved changes to the City Code which allows residential property owners who received notice of sewer availability after November 1, 2007 to defer connection to the system for up to 10 years.
The new ordinance will not be effective for 30 days. During that time staff will finalize instructions for affected property owners to help guide them through the process. Once effective, staff will mail out specific information about the connection deferral process to owners who are eligible to apply for deferral.
This change will primarily affect homeowners in the portion of the Kachina Subdivision that received sewer availability in 2007 and the Chapel Subdivisions that just received sewer this year.
The basic requirements to qualify for deferral are:
1) The notice of sewer availability must be dated November 1, 2007 or later
2) The existing on-site private treatment system and leach field must be tested by a licensed engineer or septic system installer to verify that it is functioning properly. Written proof of a passing inspection is required.
3) Determine Capacity Fee Payment Preference (for unpaid properties)
a. Pay now at $5,150
b. Pay future fee due at time of connection
4) Sign “Wastewater Deferred Connection Agreement”
5) Agree to pay the monthly non-user service fee (the fee is $18.71/mo. for the current year)
This change doesn’t prevent owners with sewer available from connecting to the sewer without entering into the Connection Agreement. It simply offers an opportunity for those who wish to delay connection a process for deferring the connection to City sewer.