Posts Tagged ‘public enterprise’

Local Government Impact Fee Authority for Public Enterprises Revisited

Monday, August 31st, 2015

In a previous post, I questioned the authority of local governments to impose impact fees on new development for water and sewer services. The North Carolina Court of Appeals recently issued an unpublished opinion holding that the Town of Carthage has authority under the public enterprise statutes to impose such impact fees. The case is […]

Utility Rate Discounts – Can a local government cut its utility customers a break?

Monday, August 17th, 2009

This is perhaps my most frequently asked question, and it comes up in a variety of contexts. Some local governments wish to provide discounted utility services (particularly water, wastewater, and solid waste) to certain targeted populations, such as low income customers, senior citizens, and veterans. Other units seek to charge lower rates to religious, educational […]

New Utility Debt Collection Restrictions Actually Expand Collection Authority

Sunday, August 9th, 2009

The General Assembly recently enacted SL 2009-302, with the stated purpose of prohibiting “cities and counties that operate public enterprises from using certain debt collection practices that result in a customer being liable for the past due and unpaid debts of another person.” The new act does not prohibit any debt collection practices that were not […]