Families In Fountain Creek Watershed Could Face Monthly Fee

Flooding in Manitou Springs in 2013

Local lawmakers are looking to charge families a small fee for living in the Fountain Creek watershed.

Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to approve a $7 monthly fee for residents in the watershed. El Paso county commissioners will now decide whether or not to put the initiative on the November ballot.

If the initiative passes, it would affect families living from Fountain to Green Mountain Falls. The money would go towards helping to prevent flood damage.

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 storm 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.

According to the website for the Pikes Peak Stormwater Task Force, $14 million per year is needed to maintain the stormwater system. The existing system received a F for its condition from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and a D for public safety. That was before the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest fires dramatically increased the likelihood of flooding with every rainfall.

The task force has been looking for ways to address the system's immediate needs, maintenance and long-term master planning.