Mayor pushes ballot changes on stormwater fee proposal

<p>Monday morning a group in support of finding a solution to stormwater issues in El Paso County met in front of Colorado Springs City Hall.</p><p> </p> FOX21's Mike Duran

Monday morning a group in support of finding a solution to stormwater issues in El Paso County met in front of Colorado Springs City Hall.

“Even if you don’t live by the creek and if your business is closed or if you’re stuck in your car and you can’t go where you want to, this is a problem that’s really affecting our whole region, and I think people are ready to do something about it,” said Rachel Beck, a member of the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force.

According to the City of Colorado Springs, the Task Force has been working the past two years to establish the framework for a Regional Drainage Authority to “address a dangerous backlog of failing, inadequate and non-existent stormwater management facilities which has been estimated to total nearly $800 million,” as stated in a press release.     

If voters approve the initiative proposed by the task force, there will be a team of elected officials who will focus on fixing the stormwater problem.

Monday afternoon, Mayor Bach stepped in with concerns over the ballot language that voters will see in November.

“I think people have the right to know what it’s going to cost them and that this is talking about a fee not only for residents, and businesses but also schools, churches, human service agencies, and military agencies,” said Mayor Bach.

He took this concern with him during a meeting with elected officials before they come to a vote Tuesday afternoon.

After deliberating adjustments were made to the proposal, in hopes of making it all more clear for citizens of El Paso County.

If this proposal is passed by voters in November, homeowners will pay about $7.70 a month on average depending on the amount of pavement on their property.

Tuesday afternoon council members will vote on the final wording of the proposed stormwater fee that will eventually be put on the ballot.

 

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