The proposed storm water utility fee is a tax by another name. It operates the same as property tax except there's no market value. The only market value is anything that doesn't absorb water. By Arjun line the courts have allowed the rain tax to be called a fee which explains the city attorney's sensitivity in telling Britt to not call it a tax.
You see the City Manager and his crew doesn't want to tell the council that they created the problem by allowing anything goes engineering by commercial developers - part of this business friendly doctrine they spew.
Now the fewer and fewer single family households will have to share the burden for poor development approvals that allow all the mall area businesses and new apartments to create the drainage problems.
I bet the Board of Education will be happy when they get a bill for SHS and the other schools in town. They'll just raise my taxes to cover it so the city gets to tax me when I don't even live there. GSU, too. Will the Splash park rates go up or does the lazy river count as a utility fee credit in the winter?
Mayor and Council. Don't be fooled by your staff and consultants. People will forgive you for raising taxes for the right reasons. Call this what it is. It's a rain tax.
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