Councilman looking for ideas to reform stormwater bills - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Councilman looking for ideas to reform stormwater bills

By James Clark - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Should the City change the way it bills local business owners for stormwater?  Councilman Todd Klein say he will ask city staffers to take another look at the issue in the next fiscal year's budget.  His objection is that each business pays a flat rate, regardless of the size of the property or potential for generating runoff. 

He's also willing to consider changes to residential billing but Klein says his first priority is commercial billing.

"For me, the guiding principles of fairness and equity in assessing storm water fees compel the question of why some mom-and-pop shop with a small business should pay the same rate as some big-box retailer with an enormous acreage."

Klein says other cities have found ways to charge proportionately for stormwater fees.  Klein has solicited public input on the issue during recent town hall meetings and on his Facebook page.
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