Duplex & double-bungalow owners will be getting a stormwater fee rollback

I own a duplex in South Minneapolis. I love it there. I love the location and the house. I love having neighbors in the house that are willing to let my doggie out for me if I’m going to get home late. Sometimes the things you get nicked for are a bummer though.

The city used to bill the stormwater and sanitary sewers as a single item on your water bill based on how much water you used. Beginning last March, sanitary sewer was still billed based on water usage but the stormwater portion is now based on an estimate of how much runoff-generating hard surface there is on the property.

Seems fair to me, but my bill went up quite a bit. I’m a little hazy on how the calculations worked things out but it turns out that duplex owners were being charged disproportionately. They’ve adjusted things now and we’re more in line with what a single-family home pays. Another part of this system that seems really good is that property owners that have lots of hard surface runoff and no water use (like parking lots) now help pay for the stormwater sewers. (via Southwest Journal)

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