There are several categories of fees that the WPCA collects.
User fees are used for the operation of the WPCA and for processing wastewater in Danbury. The usage fees have remained low throughout the decade of 2000-2008 at $268 per year per household, then at $300 per year for 2008-2010 and at $340 annually from Sept 2010 through August 2012. In 2012, the annual rate was set at $380. That rate lasted for 5 years. For the June 2017 billing, the rate increased to $420 per year or $210 per billing to cover the increasing cost of operations. That is an average increase of less than 2% per year over the previous eight years* [More…]
In 2010, the WPCA transitioned from a Special Revenue fund to Enterprise Fund accounting under the Town of Brookfield. Enterprise Fund accounting is required when fees are collected to fully pay for services rendered. The WPCA had run a deficit for the previous several years borrowing from the operating fund balances. Fee increases are simply required to operate in the black. Operations ran at about break-even in 2016-17. These rates are at or below neighboring towns. The current rate of $420/year per household is still a good value at $1.15 per day, about half the price of a cup of coffee. This is a favorable rate compared to most neighboring towns.
Beginning June 2017, Brookfield started to accumulate funds in anticipation of a significant Danbury Waste Treatment Plant upgrade as mandated by the EPA. That amounts to a surcharge of $68 per unit.
How Does the Brookfield Usage Rate Compare?
Brookfield does not meter water usage for sewer users. The charge for a homeowner is based on the typical home usage rate of about 100 gallons per day. A 2019 survey of CT Towns by Tighe&Bond reported annual use charges. The graph below is adapted from that report. [Full Report …]
|Town *||Rate 2019|
* Some towns, like Danbury, subsidize sewer operations with town funds. The sewer operation in Brookfield is a standalone operation funded only by sewer users.
View, download and print the BWPCA Rate Sheet updated February 2020.
Other non-usage fees:
When applying to hook up to any part of the sewer system, there several fees set at the time of application:
- Commercial application processing fee: $400.
- Residential application processing fee: $250.
- Engineering Review Fee (Note 1)
- Legal review Fee (Note 1)
More non-usage fees:
- Inspection Charge: $75 per hour or part thereof.
- Private Pump Station Inspection Charge: $80 per year.
- FOG Interceptor Inspection Charge: $80 per year.
- Benefit Assessment / Connection Charges (Varies by sub-district):
- Candlewood Lake Road: 2% of Grand List Value (GLV) (Note 2)
- Center School Line: 2% of Grand List Value (GLV) (Note 2)
- Del Mar Drive Area District: 7.95% of GLV
- Federal Road from Route 133 to New Milford town line: 4.65% of GLV
- High Meadow/Ledgewood/Newbury Crossing District: 8.8% of GLV
- Rollingwood District: 2.35% of GLV
- Sandy Lane District: 1.933% of GLV
- Southwest (Federal Road from Danbury town line to Route 133) 2% of GLV
- Three Condo (Cedarbrook/Whisconier Village/Stony Hill/Vale Road): 7.14% of GLV
* Beginning September 2012 the annual rate was set at $380 per year per unit. The rate is now $420 per year since July 2017. A household is one unit. Business and Schools are multiple units. Consequently, some properties pay more, as usage can be set to more than one unit. There is a rather complicated formula to determine the number of units of a property. This is outlined in the Rules and Regulations of the WPCA.
Note 1: The amount of the engineering and legal review fees depend on the complexity of the project and are put on deposit. Any excess is refunded and overage is billed.
Note 2: The Grand List Value (GLV) is the 70% value of a property as determined by the Tax Assessor.