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WTHI-TV: 100+ Indiana communities charge storm water fee

Posted Jul 20, 2016

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Storm water fees and utilities exist all over the state of Indiana.  That’s according to a document obtained by News 10.  It’s part of research presented to the city engineer’s office by the consultant helping the city with establishing a storm water fee.

Terre Haute’s Sanitary District is faced with a federal mandate.  The EPA requires the city to stay on course with the utility’s Long Term Control Plan.  This is to eliminate the flow of raw sewage into the Wabash River.  So far, the city has completed its overhaul of the waste water treatment plant, which was a big part of the LTCP. Sewer rate increases are funding the bonds used to finance this major project ($140 million).

“Part of our federal mandate is that we have the next phase of the LTCP,” said City Engineer Chuck Ennis. “It’s scheduled to bid next September, and we have to have revenue in place before we can bond.”

That’s where the proposed storm water fee comes into play.  The Indiana Finance Authority requires projects bonded through them to be bonded at 125% of its total cost.  Ennis says the city researched storm water fees as a revenue source to help meet this requirement.

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