Starting in January, Expect To Pay More In Bills

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

Starting January 1st, expect to shell out money to pay for a stormwater fee. Springs City Council is passing the stormwater costs onto Springs residents.

For the average home owner, that means you'll pay about $12.75 every three months. During an open house, dozens of Colorado Springs residents learn just how much this new stormwater fee is going to cost them. How much you'll pay depends on one thing. "It depends on how much impervious surface you have, which is hard surfaces like concrete and pavement," Kenneth Sampley, the Stormwater Enterprise Manager said.

Residents like Jerrold Hedquist found out how much his bill will cost. "About $10 and I can live with that." Others aren't okay with the added cost. "I've got 3 kids and a fixed budget," Laramie Martinez said.

The money will cover the stormwater system, the repairs, the maintenance and to fix any problems. The city says the money is much needed.

The storm water bill will come from the city and you'll get one every three months. This is separate from your utility bill.

If you want to know how much this storm water fee is going to cost you, call this number: 385-5913 starting next week.

Also starting January 1st, Colorado Springs residents will be paying more for utilities. Springs City Council has approved a hike that adds up to $6.95. $2.25 of that will be a wastewater increase. The other $4.70 will go to electricity.

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