Why not wait to collect fees until later?

The NPDES Permit went into effect in October 2019, yet we have no dedicated funding mechanism to ensure compliance. Non-compliance with NPDES is not a situation the City can afford to be in, so we need to secure the resources to move towards compliance as soon as possible. Accomplishing the full array of things that NPDES requires us to do can be done, but it will be a challenge and we need to begin quickly in order to meet the deadlines and avoid liability and risk of third-party lawsuits. City staff recommend that General Fund tax revenue continue to be used during the first two years of the 5-year permit term due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, with stormwater fees enacted in October 2021.

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1. How was the billing for residential properties determined?
2. We heard that you were waiving some types of properties or offering credits. How can this be fair to the rest of us?
3. Why are you collecting money for water, wastewater and now stormwater? Isn't it all the same thing?
4. Is money going to be siphoned off to go to non-stormwater activities?
5. Why not wait to collect fees until later?
6. Why should I pay if all my stormwater stays on my property or in my parking lot?
7. What about property owners that have their own NPDES Multi-Sector or Municipal Stormwater Permit, why should they pay too?
8. What about people on fixed incomes like senior citizens?
9. Are sidewalks included in the calculation of my stormwater fee?
10. What kind of technical help is available for small developments?
11. I heard that the City of Lewiston had a stormwater utility and user fees that was repealed by the Courts. Isn’t this the same thing?
12. Why aren’t stormwater user fees being voted on by the people?
13. Why can’t the City get a waiver from NPDES?
14. Why does the City have to implement a stormwater management program and fees? Aren't there alternatives?
15. How does this stormwater program benefit me?
16. What is the money raised by stormwater fees going to be used for?
17. Do properties that retain and infiltrate some of their stormwater onsite get any credit (reduced stormwater user fee)?