Phoebe Putney leaders are asking the city of Albany for exemptions to the new storm water drainage fee.
Tuesday, a hospital spokesperson said Phoebe paid $860,000 to improve city drainage around the main campus between 2005-2006. The city was unable to cover the cost of repairs needed to 2nd and 3rd Avenue lines and others along Jefferson and Jackson streets to alleviate flooding.
The construction director said the hospital wants recognition for contributions to the city. He said the new utility fee will cost the hospital $12,000 a year, which could otherwise be spent on patient care.
"Our mission isn't to improve city sewers," said Bob Preston, Phoebe Putney Construction Director. "And the cancer center, which was a big piece of that, really drove our need to get that line fixed and is a big part of what the hospital is here for."
Preston said the hospital is a small part of the area that benefited from improvements. He said Phoebe is also required to pay $24,000 annually in storm water drainage fees for buildings in other areas.
The city attorney said laws only allow a maximum of a 50% credit for the fee. Commissioners tabled the request for further discussion and review.