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Lower Paxton planning to adopt stormwater fee in 2019

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Lower Paxton Township plans to implement a stormwater fee on all property owners in 2019 to help cover projects needed to meet stormwater requirements under the federal Clean Water Act.

Over the past few years, a growing number of local governments across Pennsylvania have been adopting stormwater management fees — a fee determined by the amount of impervious space on a property — to help cover rising costs to maintain underground pipes, inlets, detention basins and other stormwater infrastructure.

For Lower Paxton Township, the commonwealth's 17th largest municipality, annual stormwater management costs are going up to about $3.6 million next year from about $2.5 million. The township said it needs to reduce sediment from stormwater discharges and stream bank erosion to improve the health of Paxton, Beaver and Spring creeks and, ultimately, the Chesapeake Bay.

To meet the cost of the regulations, the township is planning to add a quarterly fee on sewer bills. The township has not yet voted on the fee amount, though a $32 per quarter fee has been recommended by consultants.

Lower Paxton has scheduled two public meetings on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 to discuss the structure of the fee. Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the township municipal center on Prince Street.

In Central Pennsylvania, stormwater fees have been adopted in Cumberland and Dauphin communities like Hampden Township, Highspire, Penbrook, Swatara Township and Derry Township. Other communities have been talking about them.

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Melisande October 23, 2018 7:48 am

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Mike October 22, 2018 2:18 pm

Yes, because $612 per year per household isn't enough. Unbelievable unfunded mandates for outcomes that aren't 'good enough' for the environmentalist extremists. Get ready for more and more of these; the Chesapeake won't EVER be clean enough for these folks. Ridiculous.