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Fee Could Pay For Raleigh Stormwater Runoff Repairs

Posted June 20, 2002

— Raleigh leaders are wrangling over a proposed fee for stormwater runoff repairs.

They all agree that runoff is a serious problem in the City of Oaks. Stormwater runs off hard surfaces like streets, and rolls into streams, where it causes erosion and pollution.

The city manager is proposing a new utility fee that would raise money for repairs.

"It'd be based on the amount of hard surface each homeowner has," Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said. "It would be $2.50 a month per homeowner. Of course, businesses which have larger parking lots would pay a larger fee based on the amount of hard surface they have."

The fee would raise $2.5 million in its first year. Critics call it a rain tax.

The city council has to make a decision before its July 1 budget deadline.

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