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Stormwater fees on Council workshop agenda


By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector

Monday, March 25, 2019

The Greenville City Council will learn about possible alternatives to raising stormwater fees to fund system improvements at a workshop scheduled for 4 p.m. today.

The Council’s workshops typically are held early in the month, but were changed this month because of a scheduling conflict.

The City Council received a report in February on recommendations for to generate more money to fund stormwater system improvements and repairs. It is estimated the city should spend about $15 million annually on improvements but the current stormwater fee generates $6 million.

The council asked staff to bring back alternatives after seeing that the lowest rate increase would more than double the fee of single-family properties over a five-year period.

“We all agree there needs to be more money put towards stormwater but let’s not tax the heck out of the citizens,” Mayor P.J. Connelly said last month.

The council asked staff to find out how much money in uncollected fees are pending. Greenville Utilities Commission includes the fee on its utility bills.

In a Feb. 27 report, Director of Financial Services Bryon Hayes said in the last three years approximately 98 percent of the bill fees are collected.

The Council also will hear a report from the Greenville-Pitt County Convention and Visitors Bureau about establishing a sports council that work work to attract sporting events and tournaments to the city.

The workshop is being held in City Hall Conference Room 337. Following the workshop, the Council will meet in City Hall at 6 p.m. The agenda includes:

■ Approving a resolution committing the city to participate in a public-private economic development partnership.

■ Adoption of the city’s 2019 state and federal legislative agendas.

■ Presentations by the Bicycle and Pedestrian, Recreation and Parks and Redevelopment commissions.

■ Recognition of Barbara Taft of JOY Soup Kitchen.

Contact Ginger Livingston at glivingston@reflector.com or 252-329-9570.