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Rates and charges were originally adopted by Council to generate the amount of revenue required to operate the utility. The $44.10 charge required for connection and/or disconnection was established at that time as well. This not only funds the gas and time required for account processing but also funds staffing, insurance, and other required costs to operate the utility.
Only one $44.10 fee is required for each trip made by our meter readers and this is always charged to new customers so it is possible to avoid the $44.10 disconnection fee if the new customer completes the process to establish a new account requiring only one trip into the field. The disadvantage to this approach is that the account remains the account holder’s responsibility until either they request service termination or the new customer establishes service. Therefore, we would advise that you check back with us to ensure that the new customer has come in to eliminate your future responsibility.
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The City of Sebring does not have an established rate for vacationers, however, when less than 1,000 gallons is used during a monthly billing period, only the base rate for water will be charged and the sewer charge will be reduced to $2.49 Inside limits and $3.11 outside (residential). This is excluding our Highlands Utility, Harder Hall, and Sebring Airport customers.
Another option is to have the city terminate your service while you’re away and reconnect upon your return. We will hold your deposit on file and lock your water meter so that monthly charges will not generate and you will not be liable for any water usage occurring from theft and/or leaks during this time. The charge for disconnecting and reconnecting service is $40 each time, however, depending on the length of time you are away, you may end up paying this much in base monthly rates anyway. Plus this eliminates any worry of water use that you would be responsible for.
Because of the risk of cross contamination and jeopardizing the integrity of the entire water system, the City will charge $112.35 for tampering with a water meter. In addition, the violator will be charged for all expenses relating to the meter tampering including the costs of locks broken and/or removed. Water will not be restored until the fees have been paid.
Waste generated during construction that is not considered construction debris, such as lunch wrappings and so forth, will be picked up by the city’s Sanitation Department from the time construction begins. Solid waste is charged on all commercial water accounts at a minimum of $42.26 can service or the applicable dumpster rate as the need is determined.
The City of Sebring followed the lead of Highlands County by assessing the solid waste fees on the tax roll. Because this is a more efficient means of billing and collection, it has enabled the City to reduce the solid waste charges for each resident from $15 per month to now only $12.75 per month.
$190 per residential unit is charged on the annual tax roll for all improved properties within the city limits. Because the city cannot police when a unit is occupied and the service must still be provided year round regardless of whether the unit is occupied or not, everyone is charged the same fair rate.