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Old 12-04-2008, 09:17 AM
 
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The question then becomes, "Why is a stormwater fee better than raising property taxes?"

When you raise property taxes, you are placing the "stormwater burden" on the people who have high property values. So let's say someone has a 5 acre plot of undeveloped land that is valued at $1 million. That land is undeveloped, so it actually discharges very little into the public system. It makes no sense to charge that person for stormwater.

When you create a stormwater fee, the idea is to have a unique sort of fee that places the burden on the people with the biggest buildings, the biggest parking lots, and the most concrete. In most cities in North Carolina, a single-family home pays a flat rate. (In my city it is $5/month). All other property owners pay a fee based on how much impervious surface they have on their property. Here, non-single-family properties pay $5/month for every 2,500 square feet of impervious (any buildings, hard surfaces, and anything that is driven upon, like gravel). This way, the people who "use stormwater service" (whether they know it or not) are the ones who shoulder the stormwater fee burden.

However, if I'm understanding you correctly, you have a stormwater fee where everyone pays the exact same amount, whether they have a 1,000,000 square foot parking lot, or whether they have a 2 bedroom ranch home. That would defeat the purpose of having a seperate stormwater fee, I think.

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Old 12-07-2008, 08:49 PM
 
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Tega Cay has had a NPDES Phase II stormwater permit since August of 2007, but their new Stormwater Utility Fee (Ordinance #353) claims that they have to apply for the NPDES Phase II.I am now looking at a copy of Tega Cay's permit and they have had this since Aug. of 2007.The problem is that the City Council seems to get herded into rubber stamping a lot of these programs that enhance the City's revenue take.
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Old 12-09-2008, 07:02 AM
 
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Tega Cay has had a NPDES Phase II stormwater permit since August of 2007, but their new Stormwater Utility Fee (Ordinance #353) claims that they have to apply for the NPDES Phase II.I am now looking at a copy of Tega Cay's permit and they have had this since Aug. of 2007.The problem is that the City Council seems to get herded into rubber stamping a lot of these programs that enhance the City's revenue take.
The NPDES permitting process is confusing. I'm not involved with it directly, but I know enough to say that it isn't a one-shot deal. It is something that is renewed annually or semi-annually.

I would imagine that your city council didn't have much choice in the matter. Non-compliance results in the EPA getting more involved, and not in a good way.

If I were a concerned citizen of Tega Cay, I would not be so worried about the stormwater fee's existence, I would be worried about whether it was being charged to those who place the most burden on the system. It is a utility, after all, and those with more stormwater runoff should pay higher fees.
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