We heard that you were waiving some types of properties or offering credits. How can this be fair to the rest of us?

We are sensitive to the fact that as one group receives a fee credit or waiver it can shift costs to other groups, raising their fees. In addition, we cannot arbitrarily waive fees or offer credits, there has to be a sound justification for doing so and the reduction in their fee needs to correspond with a reduction in the cost of providing services to the customer receiving the reduction. Therefore, we have limited the number of credits and waivers for consideration. Credits for Municipal Stormwater Permit holders were discussed above, others are described below:

  • We have recommended that vacant undeveloped properties without significant hard surface be waived from paying fees because they have no land use on them that contributes to water quality problems or increases runoff above natural levels. Unless otherwise known, vacant undeveloped properties are assumed to be in a natural or semi-natural state.
  • We have recommended that City-owned roads be waived because road gutters, catch basins, and storm pipes are an integral part of the City’s stormwater control system which serves adjacent property owners. State roads and public pathways will not be charged to be consistent with the policy for City roads.
  • We intend to offer a 20 percent fee credit to multi-family and non-residential customers that discharge their runoff directly to local streams. Customers who discharge runoff directly to local streams receive fewer services than customers who discharge to the City storm drains which then flow into local streams.

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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)?