What is a betterment fee and how does it impact my property?

A betterment fee calculates a fair proportion of the project costs to property owners within Phase One. Much of Phase One encompasses the Route 28 corridor, therefore much of the costs are borne by commercial properties (many are hotels and restaurants).  Our project calculations show the following examples (all over 30 years):

  • A 50-room hotel will be $8,500 annually
  • A 50-seat restaurant will be $2,704.55 annually
  • A single-family home with up to three bedrooms will be $510 annually
  • A two-bedroom condominium is $340 annually

The town is limiting the betterments to 15% of the project costs. This lowers the obligation to property owners. This is possible because the Town is using available funding sources to help lower the betterments to property owners.

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1. When is Town Meeting and where will it be held?
2. What are voters being asked to approve in connection with wastewater?
3. Why is this project beneficial for all of Yarmouth?
4. Is the sewer project being financed via property taxes like the 2011 proposal?
5. What is the cost of doing nothing?
6. Once approved, when does work commence and when will Phase One be completed?
7. What does approving this project do in relation to the new DEP septic regulations I’ve heard about?
8. What section of Yarmouth is in Phase One?
9. How much is this going to cost me?
10. What is a betterment fee and how does it impact my property?
11. What phase of the wastewater project is my property located?
12. What do I do with my septic system after I connect?
13. Will I be allowed an extra bedroom/additional flow if I connect to the sewer?
14. When will I be able to connect?
15. Are there programs to help property owners pay for this?
16. Will all of Yarmouth be connected to the sewer?
17. What happens if my septic fails and needs to be replaced before my property is in “its phase” or if I sell my property and it fails to pass Title 5 and I’m in a later phase?
18. I had heard we were working with Dennis and Harwich on a regional approach. Is that still the case?