The Mount Pleasant Village Board adopted in a new ordinance Monday that changes how it recoups money from infrastructure projects.

The new ordinance lays out the village policy for special assessments. But several board members say the ordinance is not much different from one that went before the board in November, except for the addition of a new connection charge. These would be costs to property owners for access to infrastructure constructed by the village.

This new ordinance comes on the heels of controversial special assessment practices when the village was constructing sewer and water along Highway V. The new rules, such as the connection fees, will be used to set the policy for recouping costs on the Highway V project moving forward.

There is still a lot of work to be done on the assessment policy, for projects like highway V, said Village Trustee Gary Feest.

“This is not the complete works,” he said, “But it is the ground rules to be able to complete the complete works.”

The board will solicit input from citizens before making additions to the special assessment policy or setting fees, Feest said.

Other than the new connection charge, Trustee Sonny Havn noted that the new ordinance basically mirrors the original.

The connection charge will be applied when property owners connect to a public infrastructure project that would have otherwise qualified for a special assessment.

The property owners can be charged ahead of time if they ask the village to connect them to the infrastructure, or the village can impose a connection charge to have the owner contribute to the villages cost after the infrastructure has already been connected.

 

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