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Posted on: January 7, 2019

Stormwater Utility Fee Review & Public Meetings

Stormwater Utility Fee Review & Public Meetings

The Athens-Clarke County Stormwater Management Program and Stantec Consulting are working together to conduct a comprehensive review of the Stormwater Utility Fee. We need your input!

Our review consists of two phases. The first phase looked at the existing level and extent of stormwater services, as well as a funding strategy for fixing failing stormwater pipes. Over the past two years, the Stormwater Utility Fee has been used for an unusually high number of emergency stormwater pipe repairs. Most of these pipes are under public roads. Annual fee revenue is insufficient to continue replacing pipes at this rate, and therefore, a fee increase is being considered.

The second phase, which will take place from January to March 2019, will examine the rate structure and credit system. Credits allow stormwater customers to reduce their fees through practices that reduce stormwater runoff and/or reduce the cost burden to ACC for implementation of the Stormwater Management Program.

As a part of Phase II of the study, we will be hosting regional open house meetings where staff will be available to answer questions you may have regarding the fee, and to provide an opportunity for you to record written comments. All open house meetings will start at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. We hope to meet you at one of the following locations:

  • ACC Library - Thursday, January 24
  • J. J. Harris Elementary School - Tuesday, January 29
  • Barnett Shoals Elementary School - Wednesday, February 6
  • Timothy Road Elementary School - Monday, February 11
  • Winterville Depot - Thursday, February 21

We will also be hosting an online comment form. A link to the form will be posted soon on our website. Postcards with meeting information are being mailed to all Stormwater Utility Fee customers, and there will also be an informational letter in all ACC water utility bills. For more information, please visit www.accgov.com/stormwater or email stormwater@accgov.com.

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