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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 02:22 AM

Canadian city considers fee on property owners for rain

Source: The Globe and Mail

When it rains, money could pour for the City of Mississauga if council approves the introduction of a new user fee.

Based on a stormwater financing study by the engineering consulting firm, AECOM, city staff are recommending charging property owners for the amount of rain that flows into the storm sewers from their properties. The fee will be calculated based on how much hard surface property owners have contributing to the run-off.

... Mississauga’s storm sewer infrastructure is only about 30 years old and the lifetime of its pipes is at least 100 years, but after a significant storm caused major flooding in August 2009, staff realized that if the infrastructure needs to be replaced – a project estimated to cost $1.6-billion, there were no reserve funds in place to do so.

... City staff and AECOM will recommend the user fee, and discounts for rain barrels, to the city’s general committee on Dec. 5.

Read more: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/its-raining-user-fees-in-mississauga/article5826935/

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