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702Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20010522Primary Sponsor: HuttoAll Sponsors: HuttoDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\dka\4506dw01.docResiding Body: SenateCurrent Committee: Judiciary Committee 11 SJSubject: Municipal utilities; water, sewer service outside corporate limits; hearing held before fees set; Political SubdivisionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20020514 Recommitted to Committee 11 SJ Senate 20020220 Committee report: Favorable 11 SJ Senate 20010522 Introduced, read first time, 11 SJ referred to Committee Versions of This Bill Revised on February 20, 2002 - Word format
February 20, 2002
S. Printed 2/20/02--S.
Read the first time May 22, 2001.
To whom was referred a Bill (S. 702) to amend Section 6-1-330, Code of Laws of South Carolina, 1976, relating to the authorization of a local governing body to charge and collect a service or user fee, etc., respectfully
That they have duly and carefully considered the same and recommend that the same do pass:
BRADLEY C. HUTTO for Committee.
EXPLANATION OF IMPACT:
Enactment of this bill will not have a fiscal impact on the General Fund of the State nor on federal and/or other funds.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT IMPACT:
Passage of this bill will not have a fiscal impact on the municipalities.
The Board of Economic Advisors is the appropriate agency to address any revenue impact of this legislation.
Office of State Budget
TO AMEND SECTION 6-1-330, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE AUTHORIZATION OF A LOCAL GOVERNING BODY TO CHARGE AND COLLECT A SERVICE OR USER FEE AND THE PROCEDURE REQUIRED FOR IMPOSITION OF THE FEE, SO AS TO REQUIRE A PUBLIC HEARING MUST BE HELD BEFORE SETTING THE FEES OR RATES CHARGED BY A PUBLIC UTILITY OWNED OR OPERATED ON BEHALF OF A MUNICIPALITY FURNISHING WATER OR SEWER SERVICES OUTSIDE ITS CORPORATE LIMITS THAT CHARGES FEES FOR THESE SERVICES THAT ARE AT LEAST FIFTY PERCENT HIGHER TO RESIDENTIAL USERS OUTSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS AS COMPARED TO RESIDENTIAL USERS INSIDE THE CORPORATE LIMITS, REQUIRE THE FEES OR RATES MUST BE BASED ON A COMPREHENSIVE COST OF SERVICE STUDY CONDUCTED IN ACCORDANCE WITH METHODS RECOGNIZED BY THE AMERICAN WATER WORKS ASSOCIATION, OR AN EQUIVALENT STANDARD, REQUIRE THE STUDY MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR PUBLIC INSPECTION NOT LESS THAN FIFTEEN DAYS BEFORE THE PUBLIC HEARING, AND TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 6-1-330 of the 1976 Code, as added by Act 138 of 1997, is amended by adding at the end:
"(D) A public utility owned or operated by or on behalf of a municipality furnishing water or sewer services outside its corporate limits that charges fees for these services that are at least fifty percent higher to residential users outside the corporate limits as compared to residential users inside the corporate limits must establish its user fee and rates based on a comprehensive cost of service study conducted in accordance with methods recognized by the American Water Works Association 'Manual MI', or an equivalent standard. The study must be available for public inspection not less than fifteen days before the public hearing provided for in subsection (A). The provisions of this subsection do not apply to municipalities which provide water or sewer service to less than one thousand taps outside its corporate limits."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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