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Can anyone explain the Met Council's exorbitant sewer fees?

The Met Council can charge businesses thousands of dollars for something called a "Sewer Availability Charge," which often involves little more than a shuffling of papers.

The Met Council can charge businesses thousands of dollars for something called a "Sewer Availability Charge," which often involves little more than a shuffling of papers.

Reader Chris LaFontaine responds to How the Met Council is keeping small businesses from expanding:

"I must be missing something. I don’t see how there is any additional burden to the sewer system.

"No new infrastructure is needed, and no additional people are being added to the overall equation. It’s the same population moving around from restaurant to restaurant. The total 'usage' is exactly the same.

"Can someone explain why this isn’t just pure monetary extraction from these businesses?"