Ask the Editor: What is the stormwater utility fee?

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Beginning in January, single-family residential properties in Lewisville will see a $4 stormwater utility fee on their water bills.

The city of Lewisville is implementing this fee in order to fund more than $33 million in stormwater infrastructure repairs and improvements.

City staff members say the fee will save single-family residential customers money. It is estimated residents will save about $18 a year through the stormwater utility fee versus having the city raise property taxes enough to pay for the improvement projects.

Commercial and multifamily properties will pay $1.43 a month per 1,000 feet of impervious surface.

It is estimated that Lewisville will raise about $3 million per fiscal year through this fee.

The funding can only be used for improving drainage in flood-prone areas, improving the existing storm drain system, constructing new drainage systems, erosion control or restoration projects, stormwater public education, and operations and maintenance of the municipal drainage system.

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Sherelle Black

Sherelle joined Community Impact Newspaper in July 2014 as a reporter for the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. She was promoted in 2015 to editor of the GCS edition. In August 2017, Sherelle became the editor of the Lewisville/Flower Mound/Highland Village edition. Sherelle covers transportation, economic development, education and features.

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