The City Manager has proposed to increase Storm Water fees inside the City of Charlotte in July 2013. The City's portion of the Storm Water fee may increase 5.5%. Customers in Charlotte may begin paying the higher fee with their August 2013 bills.
The fee increase inside the Charlotte City limits addresses new and backlogged citizen requests to repair drainage problems. It also improves surface water quality to enhance the environment.
See the Storm Water fees.
Mecklenburg County and the six Towns did not change their portions of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services fee for Fiscal Year 2014.
The increase in Charlotte's Storm Water Services fee is not related to the cost of providing drinking water or sanitary sewer service. Water and sewer service are provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department.
Public hearings and votes on the proposed increase
The Mayor and Council will discuss the Manager’s recommendations in several work sessions over the next few weeks. A public hearing was held on Monday, May 13. Council is expected to adopt the budget on Monday, June 10.
Under an agreement, the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners also holds a public hearing on any changes in Storm Water Services fees in any jurisdiction within Mecklenburg County.
Board of County Commissioners' public hearing:
June 4, 2013, 5 p.m.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center
600 East Fourth Street, Charlotte
Storm Water Services' rate structure
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