A public hearing
Monday night on a proposed 12-percent hike in the monthly stormwater rate
was unattended by members of the public.
Stormwater Management Board duly voted 3-0 to endorse that rate hike, which
will now go the Town Council for final action. If approved, the increase
would go into effect on Aug. 9.
Under the proposal,
the base rate paid by residential users of the stormwater system would go
from $4.15 to $4.65; the variable rate from $1.95 to $2.18; and the total
monthly rate from $6.15 to $6.83.
users would see their base rate similarly increased, from $4.15 to $4.65;
and the variable rate from $1.95 to $2.18 per equivalent residential unit (ERU),
calculated to equal 3,585 square feet of impervious surface.
Over the course of
an entire year, residents would see their total annual stormwater rate go
from $73.20 to $81.96, an increase of $8.76 or around 12 percent. The rate
hasn’t changed since it was originally established 10 years ago, in 2006.
Folks pay the
stormwater rate on a bimonthly basis; it appears on their sanitary sewer
bills, along with their refuse and recycling fee and their brush and leaf
Driving the rate
hike is the Town Council’s desire to make the Stormwater Utility
“self-sufficient,” Clerk-Treasurer Stephanie Kuziela has said. Currently the
Stormwater Utility is “absorbing debt,” by using the revenues from dedicated
property-tax rates to pay the annual debt service of $133,575 on its 2011
stormwater bond. The Stormwater Utility, however, is in fact a “public
utility” and should be using the revenues generated by its rates to pay debt
service, Kuziela said.
In other business,
MS4 Operator Jennifer Gadzala reported that the second annual Kids’ Fishing
DerbyÑco-sponsored by the Porter Park Department and the Porter Public Works
Department and held at Indian Springs Park on June 29Ñwas a smashing
About 20 kids
participated, she said. “It was a beautiful day. Lots of fish. It was the
first time I ever saw a white crappie. A beautiful fish.”
“The kids caught
perch, blue gill, crappie, and bass,” Gadzala added. “And we talked to them
about keeping stormwater clean. ‘Only rain in the drain.’ It was a good
June in Review
In June the
Stormwater Utility ran a surplus of $8,457 and in the year-to-date is
running a deficit of $3,935.