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The City of Winchester began sending notices with resident’s water bills regarding the upcoming Stormwater Utility Fee which is a part of the City’s Stormwater Improvement Program.
Utility customers will start to see the new fee on their bills listed as a supplemental charge beginning January 1st, 2024.
The fee will be based on each property’s specific area and billed at $0.22 per 50 square feet of impervious surface.
All properties in Winchester will be charged the new utility fee including typically tax-exempt organizations.
The fees will fund:
- operational expenses
- a dedicated stormwater maintenance crew
- purchasing nutrient credits for regulatory compliance
- the creation of a self-sustaining enterprise fund for 75 high priority stormwater capital improvement projects totaling $176 million
Residents can receive credits for a maximum of 50% of their property’s fees by participating in City cleanup events, adding a rain barrels or rain gardens, and taking a No Fertilizer Pledge.
If resident’s disconnect from a septic system and connect to the City’s system, they can receive 50% of their residential credits.
For more information on the City’s Stormwater Utility, click here.
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