Front Foot Benefit Charges

In the year following completion of water and/or sewer main construction, connecting improved or abutting unimproved properties are assessed a Front Foot Benefit Charge (FFBC). The assessment as required by law is to repay funds borrowed by WSSC Water for water and/or sewer main construction. The charge appears on the property tax bill for 30 years, but may be paid in full at any time. The FFBC assessment is determined by multiplying property footage by the rate per foot for the appropriate property classification. Irregularly shaped lots are assessed using average footages of neighboring regular shaped properties. Listed below are the Commission's latest approved FFBC rates for residential properties. The rates are updated annually. The assessments levied during 2020 Levy will run for 30 years. The bond period for properties levied between 2013-2018 were 20; properties levied between 1983-2012 were 23 years, and earlier years assessments could be from 33 to 50 years.

Front Foot Benefits Disclosure

Front Foot Benefit Rate Schedule

Assessment Length

Assessment Rate For Water
(Per Ft Per Yr)

Assessment Rate For Sewer
(Per Ft Per Yr)

1st - 150 ft. $4.00 $6.00
2nd - 150 ft. $3.00 $4.50
Over - 300 ft. $2.00


Deferred House Connection Rate Schedule

These rates are for properties to be levied in 2020 for house connection construction or service connections occurring in 2019. Like Front Foot Benefit Charges, Deferred House Connection charges this year are assessed for 30 years and can be paid in full at any time.

Type of Connection Annual Rates (Unimproved) Annual Rates (Improved)
1" Water Connection $131.20 $455.03
1½" Water Connection $131.20 $455.03
2" Water Connection  $189.83 $482.94
4" or 6" Sewer Connection $205.18 $850.03
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