Governor Amends Connection Fee Bill
The Governor has amenedatorily vetoed Senate Bill 3507, legislation that provides townships with the authority to collect connection fees. The original bill as approved by the General Assembly capped those fees for townships and municipalities to 1/6 of the annual estimated charges for the user. An amendment was filed by Rep. Kay, the House sponsor, to delete the section affecting municipalities. That amendment was not added to SB 3507, but the Governor’s amendment deletes the municipal restriction.
The Governor’s amendatory veto message said, in part, “A potential consequence of the bill is a severe limitation on the amount municipalities and townships can charge in connection fees, which could force them, in order to make up for the loss of revenue in connection fees, to increase water and sewer rates for all users of the system.
The sponsors of Senate Bill 3507 requested an amendatory veto to strike the language covering municipalities. Efforts will be undertaken later this year to reach an agreement with representatives of municipalities on trailer legislation providing for ‘fair connection charges.” While discussions have taken place on the trailer legislation the Governor mentioned no agreement has yet been reached.
Next stop for the legislation will be the fall veto session in late November and early December. If the General Assembly accepts the Governor’s suggested changes the bill will become law. If, however, either legislative chamber does not approve of the recommended changes the bill will be dead. It is also safe to assume that during veto session the sponsors will move forward with the trailer bill.
August 25, 2014
Illinois Section AWWA WUC