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.