As the WWTA argument continues with no end in sight, there’s one thing we can all agree on. Whether you want more Moccasin Bend usage, the plant at Mahan Gap, or something else, it is clear: average ratepayers shouldn’t subsidize Ooltewah developers.
The new developments that are the source of additional capacity requirements should pay for that capacity with higher hook-up fees.
If that means a developer only makes $4 million instead of $5 million on a project (100 homes, $50k profit each), then so be it. Alternately, these new developments could be built less densely packed to allow septic tank use. The only push for sewer is coming from developers who want tiny lot sizes for more profit.
In either case, struggling families should not pay higher sewer rates or higher property taxes to make a few developers and builders richer. The profits are rightfully theirs; let them pay all the real costs of development to receive those profits.