Fee Could Pay For Raleigh Stormwater Runoff Repairs
Posted June 20, 2002 10:37 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH, N.C. — 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.