The City of Charlotte increased its portion of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services fee by 5.5% effective July 2013. Customers inside the City of Charlotte began seeing the higher fee starting with August bills.
The fee increase inside the Charlotte City limits addresses new and backlogged citizen requests to repair drainage problems. It also improves surface water quality to enhance the environment.
Mecklenburg County and the six Towns did not change their portions of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Storm Water Services fee for the fiscal year that starts July 1, 2013.
See the new Storm Water fees.
The increase in Charlotte's Storm Water Services fee is not related to the cost of providing drinking water or sanitary sewer service. Water and sewer service are provided by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Utility Department.
Public hearings and votes on the proposed increase
Public hearings on the proposed increase were held by the Charlotte City Council on May 13 and by the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on June 4. Under an agreement, the County Board holds a public hearing on any changes in Storm Water Services fees in any jurisdiction within Mecklenburg County.
The Charlotte City Council adopted the Storm Water fee increase as part of the overall City budget on June 10. The Board of County Commissioners gave its approval on June 18.
Storm Water Services' rate structure
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