Council approves new SAWS impact fees

Increases will only apply to new residential, commercial developments

On Thursday, the San Antonio City Council approved an increase in five San Antonio Water System's impact fees.

The vote will allow SAWS to charge the maximum water supply fee of $2,796 per new dwelling unit.

That represents a 116 percent increase from the current rate of $1,297.

The increases will only apply to new residential and commercial developments.

SAWS officials say the move ensures that new growth pays for itself, but developers warn that the additional costs will raise the price of homes and rent.

Area developers warned that the additional cost will undoubtedly be passed on to the customer, raising the price of new homes and rent for new apartments.

The increases will be phased in over the course of the next year.

Starting Jan. 1, the fee will increase by 23 percent, which is the amount suggested by the Capital Improvements Advisory Committee. Beginning on June 1, 2015, the fee will rise to the maximum level.

Councilmen Joe Krier and Mike Gallagher voted against the fee increse.