April 28, 2014
If you live in Charlottesville, you'll be getting a bill with your property taxes this week you've never seen before. For the first time, the city is billing residents for stormwater management.
It’s all about how much runoff your property creates. Roofs, driveways, sidewalks, walkways, patios, decks are all culprits....
Dan Sweet works in Stormwater Management for the city.
"The average residential property in Charlottesville is going to be between 3 and 5 billing units a year and that is approximately a 40 to 70 dollar bill."
If that sounds high to you, consider First Baptist Church on Park Street. They tried to explain the burden it would put on their shrinking budget. But the fee still got passed, and now they will have to pay around $8,000.
They already have a system set up to deal with about 90 percent of the runoff on their property, but they are going to do more now in the hopes of receiving credits.
City councilors voted 4-to-1 to approve the ordinance. There was pushback from churches and non-profits that asked councilors to reconsider the fee.