Stormwater meeting scheduled Thursday


LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. – The City of Dahlonega will hold a second public information open house on a potential stormwater utility and user fee program to address priority drainage issues Thursday (Aug. 27) at 4 p.m. in the parks & Recreation Department, 365 Riley Road.

The meeting is informal and citizens are welcome to drop in between 4 pm and 6 p.m. to ask questions about the proposed utility and user fees.

Mayor Sam Norton and the City Council have been considering adopting the program and are tentatively scheduled to vote on the issue at the Sept. 8 meeting.

City officials believe one benefit of utilizing a fee-based system to fund the City’s stormwater management program is that it ensures all developed properties pay their fair share of the city’s costs to provide the stormwater services.

If approved, the user fee charge will be based on impervious surfaces (e.g. rooftops, driveways, parking lots) since an impervious surface has a direct correlation to the quantity of stormwater runoff individual properties discharge to the City’s drainage system.

Customers that reduce their impact on the City’s drainage system through approved credit practices, such as a detention pond, would be eligible for a reduction of their monthly stormwater user fee charge.



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