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Charlottesville City Council Reviewing Stormwater Fee

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Charlottesville City Council is reviewing a stormwater utility fee that home and business owners may soon have to pay.

Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos says new environmental regulations have surfaced about protecting the Chesapeake Bay. This affects Charlottesville because stormwater runoff from roofs and sidewalks stream into the bay.

The stormwater fee targets areas of the city with surfaces producing the most runoff.

"If you have a large, large parking lot and all the water that lands on it drains off into the creeks, that's a high use of stormwater drainage," said Szakos.  "Whereas if you have a gravel surface, or a surface where water can perk down through into the ground, you're not contributing to runoff in the same way so you shouldn't have to pay as much."

There are some ways to reduce the runoff.

"If you have a flat roof, you can have what the call a green roof, you can plant," Szakos said. "There's a certain way of doing it but if you plant things on the roof so that there's soil on the roof, it can perk down in that and it can control the runoff. You can also have a drainage system that goes into the ground on your own property."

The stormwater fee city council is considering would be around $2 per billable unit per month.

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