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New stormwater fees based on 'impervious areas' on property

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The City of Lubbock stormwater utility fee will change this January, which will lower the fee for about half of Lubbock homeowners.

Since 1993, Lubbock's storm water utility fees are based on the number of water meters on a given property.

However, that created an issue where some smaller home owners pay the same amount as larger businesses.

So, starting January 1, 2015, the city will base the fee on the amount of impervious area on a property. In other words, the areas on a property that will not soak up rainfall, such as buildings, walkways or parking lots will determine your fee.

This change means some smaller residential properties will pay less than they are now, while larger households and businesses will pay more.

For residential customers, the fee schedule is split up into four tiers depending on the amount of impervious area on a property.

Customers who fit in the first two tiers will save with this new fee.

Again, this square footage includes not only the living space, but also driveways and out buildings.

To come up the amount, the citizens can use this formula to get an approximate number.

First, figure out the total square footage of your home.

For example, if your home is 2,000 square feet, divide that number by two, so that's 1,000.

And then add that to the total square footage of your home, to get the approximate total impervious surface.

So here, that would be 3,000 square feet.

That would place this home owner in tier two, so they would be charged $13.48 a month.

To compare this number to an existing rate, check the stormwater fee on a recent City of Lubbock utility bill.

These stormwater fees help pay for $150 worth of recent and current flooding and draining projects throughout Lubbock. 

These projects may help eliminate flood insurance for some homeowners. 

The current fees bring in $18 to $20 million a year. The 2015 stormwater fees will add up to about $25 million a year. 

Click here for stormwater utility fee FAQ's.

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New stormwater rates take effect Jan. 1

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