Albany residents could soon have to dig a little deeper into their pockets to pay their storm water utility bills.
Wednesday, city leaders were briefed on the Public Works proposal to increase storm water utility fees in 2014.
The proposal will charge users an additional $2.50 per base unit, which is equivalent to a 2,700 sq. ft. single family home. Commercial properties would pay according to their footprint on the sewage system, which could be multiple base units.
Bruce Maples, the Director of Engineering, said charging users according to the strain they place on the system is the most equitable way to share costs associated with meeting new EPA and EPD requirements.
"You're a user, like if you use electricity how much you draw in is what you pay. So how much storm water you generate and contribute to the storm drainage system it's gonna be based on the impervious area and what you're gonna pay is how much you contribute," Maples said.
Users currently pay $3.69 per month, but the proposed increase to begin in March would raise that amount to $6.19 for a single family home of 2,700 sq. ft. or smaller.
Commissioners will evaluate the proposal and vote on it at their next meeting. If it's passed, the city will begin mailing pamphlets to residents in mid-December and plans to hold open house meetings throughout January to inform the public.