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Equity & fairness of Lubbock storm water fees to be examined


City Hall will soon consider changes to its monthly storm water fees under a measure sponsored by newly-elected Councilwoman Latrelle Joy. She is proposing a temporary committee to study storm water fees and report back recommendations to the City Council in November.

Her ad-hoc committee would be two City Council members, three members of the Model Codes and Construction Advisory Board, three members of the Lubbock business community at-large, and one person to represent small businesses in Lubbock. If approved, it will report ideas, "so that equity and fairness are maximized."

In the last year, City Councilman Todd Klein has said publicly that that "big box" stores like Wal-Mart have more frontage along city streets as compared to mom & pop stores. So why do they both pay the exact same storm water fee of $92.92?

The current storm water fees are scheduled to increase in four of the next five years.

The city will soon start a $33 million drainage project for Northwest Lubbock and Maxey Park. Storm water fees are also used for street maintenance.

Clarification: Klein's comments were aimed primarily at commercial properties, not necessarily residential.

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