Drainage Services Fund passes first city council vote

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – Corpus Christi City Council has had its first discussion and vote on changing the storm water charge by separating it from your water bill. If it is separate, the charges will be incorporated into the Drainage Fund. The first vote was passed in city council on Tuesday, coming one step closer to the new city ordinance.

City manager Peter Zanoni said the fund will integrate Corpus Christi with other major cities in Texas that have separate charges for stormwater.

The way you will be billed is based on the square footage of the impervious area you have or the land that does not have water seeping into the ground. There is a three-tiered system on what people will be charged, but Zanoni said the fees people see now are what they will see in the first year. It would increase slightly over the next four years.

Less than 3,000 sq. Ft. Would pay $ 4.59 next year. Those with 3,000 to 4,500 square feet would pay $ 6.12. Anyone over 4,500 square feet would pay $ 10.71.

“Around July 4, this flooding across the city really shouldn’t be happening here in our city,” Zanoni said. “We will therefore be able to set up rainwater prevention programs, better maintenance of entrances, better treatment of ditches. so that when there is storm water, the flow will be much better.

Zanoni said the goal is to get everyone to pay into the system; currently there are commercial properties and some residential properties that do not pay.

A resident has a problem with the ordinance because it states that the city would be exempt.

“I firmly believe that if a government wants people to do something or pay for something, it should be prepared to do it itself,” said resident David Lob. fair way to finance this. How to distribute the burden of its financing? And what are we going to use this money for to pay for if we have to spend more money on it. “

Loeb asked why more funds cannot be moved to meet the needs of the stormwater system. He says the city was under budget this year and has money intact that was for the sea wall.

“The city could have a public vote next year and reprogram a lot of that money to fund stormwater,” Loeb said. “So we might be able to improve our storm water system, but without actually raising taxes for people who are already paying. “

For the ordinance to pass, it will require a majority vote at city council’s second reading on September 7. It would come into effect on January 1, 2022. Zanoni said it was a five-year plan.

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