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Storm water fee increase to fund maintenance, future projects

 

May 29, 2019

THIS POND, located at the north end of 24th Avenue is a stopping point for a drainage line that runs from the hill and area south of Hawthorne Elementary School. A ditch visibily carries it north under Long Street west of Hawthorne under a small wooden bridge, also visible from Long Street; crosses under the 2400 block of Main Street; and then 24th Avenue to reach the pond. The pond empties to an an old Willamette Industries pond on the property to the north.

An increase in the city's storm water drainage fee will help pay for ongoing maintenance and allow the city to accumulate enough funds to pay for improvement projects in coming years.

The Sweet Home City Council is considering an increase in its storm water drainage charge from $1 to $3 per equivalent dwelling unit – or one house. It has not increased the rate since it created the charge in 2008. At the time the city implemented the charge, a consultant had recommended a rate of $4 per EDU. Storm water drainage is part of the city's monthly utility bill that includes water and sewer char...



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