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March 20, 2006:
Until July 1, the base rate of $1,342 applies to all single-family home service installations; however, additional footage will be charged at $11.49 per foot if, for example, the customerís plans call for the line to go to the back of the house or around a septic system. Extensions for townhomes and multi-family structures will continue to be charged at the new rate as follows: individual meter bases--$1,090 per unit; dual-ganged meter bases--$727 per unit; and multiple-ganged meter bases containing three or more meters $382 per meter. Discounts for joint trenching with other utilities are no longer provided.
The cost for installing a line extension is usually paid by the builder when the new service is installed. Line extensions exceeding 220 feet account for less than 10 percent of SMECOís new service installations per year, but require more costly cable; more than 90 percent of line extensions fall within 220 feet. In 2005, the average line extension for single-family homes was 117 feet.
SMECO had not changed its rates for line extensions in 11 years. The revised rates reflect industry standards and ensure the Co-opís costs are charged to the customers who receive the service rather than spreading these cost among all Co-op customers. As with electric rates, SMECO does not mark-up, and makes no profit from, line extension charges. These charges will be reviewed more frequently in the future and will increase as installation costs increase.
Applicants for underground service must furnish the necessary information, such as site plans and building permits, and other required paperwork to SMECO prior to work being performed. Customers are encouraged to contact their local SMECO office as early in the planning phase of new construction in order to make the new connection process as smooth as possible. Customers may also call 888-440-3311, extensions 4430 or 4483.