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Main Title Efficiency Problems from User Fees in Municipal Wastewater Treatment.
Author Marshall, Harold E. ; Ruegg., Rosalie T. ;
CORP Author National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C. Building Economics Section.;Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C.
Year Published 1976
Stock Number PB-261 378
Additional Subjects Sewage treatment ; Financing ; Municipalities ; Industrial wastes ; Cost analysis ; Grants ; Water pollution abatement ; Legislation ; Construction costs ; National government ; Local government ; Requirements ; Fees ; Cost sharing
Library Call Number Additional Info Location Last
NTIS  PB-261 378 Most EPA libraries have a fiche copy filed under the call number shown. Check with individual libraries about paper copy. NTIS 06/23/1988
Collation 16p
The Environmental Protection Agency administers a construction grant program to encourage abatement of wastewater pollution by sharing with municipalities the costs of wastewater treatment facilities. The enabling legislation (P.L. 92-500) specifies that EPA's cost share will be 75% of construction costs. It further requires municipalities to collect user fees from industrial users of the facilities to repay that part of the federal grant allocable to the treatment of industrial wastewater. The municipality must return half of the user fees collected to the U.S. Treasury; the municipality is allowed to retain the remaining half. This article examines the legislative and regulatory requirements for user charges, derives the algebraic expressions for calculating the real federal, municipal, and industrial cost shares with user fees; computes municipal cost shares for selected values of the determinant factors; evaluates efficiency and other consequences of current user fee arrangements; and concludes that the efficiency distortions brought about by the impacts of user fees on cost sharing could be eliminated by requiring that all user fees collected from industry against the federal cost share be returned to the U.S. Treasury.