Stormwater Fee Costs Businesses

Property owners in Colorado Springs will see a new bill in the mail at the start of the new year... The storm water enterprise fee. The new fee will only cost the average home-owner 7 dollars a month. But will cost businesses a lot more. Business owners say they understand the need for the fee, but it's too high to fit into their budgets all at once. The Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce met with business owners at a special meeting this morning to discus ways to implement the stormwater fee.

The fee will cost a small business... Such as a convenience store... 140 dollars every three months. "There was a lot of sticker shock out there in the community about what this may mean, particularly in any unbudgeted expense of any business, so we encouraged them to look at a delayed implementation of this," said Will Temby, Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce C.E.O.

City engineers say the fee is needed to fund stormwater improvement projects. City engineers will make a recommendation to city council tomorrow on how to phase the new fee in. The recommendation will take place at tomorrow's city council meeting. The meeting is open to the public.

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