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New Utility Fee Considered In Winchester

28 October 2018 News

The City of Winchester is considering a new utility fee to help pay for storm water drainage improvements as our area nears the end of one of the rainiest years on record. Public Service Director Perry Eisenach was asked on Tuesday to return with more information on a potential program dealing with additional storm runoff as well as a potential ordinance to help create the program. The fee commonly referred to as a “rain tax” would likely be a five dollar charge added to city water and sewage bills. The new fee could generate as much as 1.1 million dollars for an advanced maintenance program according to published reports. The city is already estimating 26 million dollars over the next 15 to 20 years for storm water system repairs without the additional fee, and funding may become problematic. The runoff issue has been evident as heavy rainfall has overwhelmed the current storm water systems and spills onto streets and into buildings.

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