System Development Charges
The City of Lee’s Summit has established Tap Fees to recover the capital costs associated with the infrastructure needed to provide water and wastewater collection to new customers of the water and sewer utility.
Water tap fees, also known as “System Development Charges” or "Impact Fees", were adopted in 1996 by Resolution 96-28. The tap fee resolution established the methodology, a review committee and annual reporting provisions.
Methodology of Water System Development Charges
The methodology utilized to establish the water tap fee is based on current operating data, historical trends, projected demands, projected development related capital costs, current obligations and available supply.
The methodology considers the costs for constructing a system that can deliver the anticipated maximum day water demand for new connections based on an equivalent impact unit. The equivalent impact unit is calculated by multiplying the number of people to be served per unit by the average day per capita demand, then multiplying by the maximum day demand. These factors are determined through historical information and subject to change. The meter size for the equivalent unit is established as 5/8” x 3/4” for the purpose of distributing the amount of available water flow. As the capacity of the meter to deliver water increases in size, the impact on the water supply system increases and a proportionate increase is applied to the equivalent impact unit tap fee
The total supply is based upon the total maximum day contractual agreements with the city’s water suppliers and includes the new water supply considered for demand needs. Reserve and committed gallons are subtracted to determine the net gallons available. The new total supply is divided by the number of equivalent units to determine the maximum number of taps available within the new system. Existing equivalent units are subtracted and the remaining number of taps available due to the new water supply is determined.
The City of Lee’s Summit established city-wide wastewater connection fees in 1988. The wastewater (sewer) connection fees are based on a per drain connection to the wastewater collection & conveyance system. A drain is any connection to the water system (e.g., sink, toilet, bathtub, shower or dishwasher) and all connections are considered equivalent.
In addition to the city-wide wastewater connection fees, two watersheds have been identified as requiring specific improvements to provide the necessary capacity for new connections. Improvement fees have been approved and implemented for the Maybrook and Middle Big Creek watersheds. These improvement fees were implemented by the City to recover the cost of specific projects that are intented to provide service only in those watershed areas.