The fee of $1,727 was the maximum amount the utility district could charge and had been set when it was run by the state as the La Joya Water Supply Corporation. Residents in the area often complained of the high connection rates, making the issue a major topic during the May elections which brought in three new board members. In lowering the fees, the district hopes to spur growth in the area that might have stalled because of the high connection fees. The fee, what we have currently, is a little beyond what most developers would expect to engage in so thats deterring them from doing that which again affects our ability to come in and provide new connections, new meters, said Executive Director Oscar Cancino. visit the websiteThe proposal was made by an impact fee committee consisting of developers, an engineer and stakeholders from the municipality that was created to discuss and assess changes to the fees. The board approved the changes after holding a public hearing last week. During that same meeting, Cancino was officially appointed to the executive director position in which he has served in an interim capacity since October. I know hes been working very well. He came in and hes been doing an awesome job, said Board President Roger Hernandez. There was a lot of stuff that needed to be worked on and he started taking over and started placing and implementing new ideas, new projects coming in. In choosing not to advertise for the position, Hernandez noted the importance of maintaining continuity while the Palmview Sewer Project is underway.
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