When the downtown Austonian condominium tower went up in 2010, the building’s developers paid the city $112 per unit to tap into Austin’s water and wastewater system. But that was only one-fifth of the actual cost of connecting to the lines, according to city estimates, with the rest of Austin’s homes and businesses picking up the other four-fifths.
That’s been the city’s practice since the late 1990s, when the city decided to charge many developers significantly less than the cost of the water and wastewater lines they needed to make a subdivision or commercial property habitable.
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