City Council Votes 'Yes' on Stormwater Plan

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to approve a $7.00 monthly fee for families living in watershed areas of El Paso County.

The Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force created an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) and ballot measure. They are asking to create a regional stormwater authority to tackle our community's story water issues.

After two years of research, the task force found that imposing a fee on voters would be the best way to fund capital, maintenance and emergency projects. If the plan is approved, homeowners would pay on average $7.70 a month.

On Monday, Rachel Beck with the Pikes Peak Regional Stormwater Task Force said, “A lot of these problems that we are seeing, if we had some money to take care of them when they were small before they go big, we would save a lot of money in the long run.”

Colorado Spring Mayor Steve Bach doesn't agree that the plan's language is clear enough for voters. "You cannot tell from reading that information what it's going to cost. I believe the ballot should indicate what the typical annual fee would be for residential property owners. Same with a commercial property owner. And the same for non-profits," said Bach.

Colorado Springs City Council met Tuesday. El Paso County, Green Mountain Falls, and Manitou Springs Councils will vote on the plan, August 19.