Stormwater fee to generate $17-20M annually for critical infrastructure
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs voters turned out in support of Issue 2A, passing the measure Tuesday evening. The measure creates a dedicated stormwater fee that will generate $17-$20 million in funding annually for the city’s critical stormwater infrastructure and maintenance.
“I can’t adequately express how proud I am of the citizens of Colorado Springs,” said Mayor John Suthers. “To be a great city, you must invest in critical public infrastructure, and by passing Issue 2A our citizens have once again shown their willingness to do so.”
Suthers campaigned for the Ballot measure, citing the recent lawsuit brought against the City of Colorado Springs by the Environmental Protection Agency, State of Colorado and Pueblo County which accused the City of failing to properly invest in stormwater infrastructure in compliance with its MS4 permit.
“In the last two-and-a-half years we have taken huge strides to fix our public infrastructure and to accept the challenge of General Palmer and the residents of Colorado Springs who have gone before us – we are now working together to build a city that matches our scenery.”
The approved ballot measure implements a monthly fee that will be assessed to residential and non-residential properties beginning in July 2018. Residents will pay the fee via a flat $5 per account charge on their utility bill. Non-residential accounts will be assessed a fee of $30 per acre. Fees for properties larger than five acres with significant areas of pervious surface will be assessed by the Water Resources Engineering department.
A list of FAQs about Ballot Issue 2A can be found here.