Smyrna resident fees are proposed to slightly more than double from $15 to $32 per season for the youth sports participant facility use fee. Other fee increases are being proposed by the police department, storm water utilities and water utilities. A budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 20 by Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon and the City Council at City Hall, 2800 King St., Smyrna. (Courtesy of Smyrna Little League)

Smyrna fee increases proposed

While the millage rate is expected to stay the same for Fiscal Year 2020, several fee changes are being proposed by Smyrna officials.

A budget hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 20 by Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon and the City Council at City Hall, 2800 King St., Smyrna.

Among the most notable by department are:

Parks and Recreation: increasing the resident fee from $15 to $32 for the youth sports participant facility use fee per season so that “the city can better recoup the costs of field maintenance while keeping a consistent fee structure.”

Police: adding a new fee of $100 for electric mobility device storage and return.

Storm Water Utilities: In addition to routine water rate increases next January, this budget also anticipates the City Council will increase the storm water fee in January. The monthly fee currently is $2.95/residential unit. Commercial properties pay the same rate per 3,900 square feet of impervious surface. To better cover this utility’s future capital needs, the fee would increase by $0.50/month to $3.45/month. The last time this fee was raised was by $0.50/month in January 2018.

Water Utility Rates: updated to reflect current pricing which went into effect Jan. 1. The annual water rate increase of 2% is a pass-through from the Cobb County Marietta Water Authority.

  • Tier 1 (0-3,000 gallons) has increased from $4.05/thousand gallons to $4.13.
  • Tier 2 (3,001-7,000 gallons) has increased from $5.39/thousand gallons to $5.50.
  • Tier 3 (7,001-14,000 gallons) has increased from $6.72/thousand gallons to $6.85.
  • Tier 4 (14,001 gallons and up) has increased from $7.86/thousand gallons to $8.02.
  • The multi-family/commercial rate has increased from $5.39/thousand gallons to $5.50.

In response to a directive from the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District, the Smyrna Water Utility is proposing the addition of a designated irrigation rate at $8.26/thousand gallons (200% of the lowest water tier).

A new charge will be a monthly base rate plus usage for fire line water service. Consistent with base rates charged in unincorporated Cobb County, the rates would range from $20 to $110, depending on the meter size.

An increase is being proposed for 1-inch irrigation meters from $1,200 to $1,700, mirroring the proposal for 1-inch water meters, and an increase to the sewer tap locating fee from $107 each to $250 each.

New fees include a meter drop-in fee at $830, a water meter upgrade fee at $830 and Public Works re-connect fees at $50 (weekday) and $100 (weekend).

Information: SmyrnaGa.gov/your-government/departments/finance/annual-budget-financial-audit-reports

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