Roanoke and its neighbors will have no choice but to take on costly storm water projects. The city is looking for the fairest way to raise the funds.
Superstorm No-way-No-how slammed Roanoke officials the last time they predicted the need to form a storm water utility. The fee to support the utility just wasn’t on anyone’s radar, so city council was slammed with a flood of complaints:
The modest $36-a-year residential fee would swamp modest homeowners’ budgets. Possible thousand-dollar fees would destroy businesses during a recession and would put nonprofits’ and churches’ budgets underwater.