Kennesaw Public Stormwater Utility Meeting

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 3080 Moon Station Rd NW Kennesaw GA 30144  See map

There will be a public meeting for citizens to address stormwater questions at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 19. The meeting will be held in the Public Works building, 3080 Moon Station Rd.

For more information, call 770-421-8582.

Cris Eaton Welsh March 18, 2013 at 07:45 PM
This year I have the honor of serving as the Stormwater Committee Chairman. I believe citizen input is paramount to discussion on how to deal with our cities failing infrastructure. The stormwater committee has set up numerous meetings and we need your input. The City of Kennesaw is looking into using a stormwater utility to fund the balance of significant infrastructure issues that need to be addressed. A stormwater utility fee is a dedicated fee that can only be used to fund flood management and stormwater activities. A stormwater utility is an organizational tool that provides for the planning and financing of the city’s infrastructure. The stormwater utility has a separate fund to account and budget for these infrastructure improvements within the cities existing governmental structure. Stormwater utility fees are based on the share of stormwater runoff generated by each parcel of land within the city. The fees are designed to charge customers of the stormwater utility in reasonable proportion to their actual contribution of runoff to the stormwater system. Charges for the stormwater utility are based on the amount of impervious surface on a typical residential parcel in the city.
Cris Eaton Welsh March 18, 2013 at 07:46 PM
An average home is about 3000 square feet of impervious surface (for your commercial property’s specific impervious area, please contact Jon Whitmer he can answer any of your specific questions – he is in charge of stormwater management for the city, 770-421-8582 or jwhitmer@kennesaw-ga.gov) There are four options in front of us: 1. Do nothing and wait for another catastrophic system failure. 2. Increase Property Taxes and keep stormwater in the general fund. 3. Create a utility that is fair and equitable where all parcels of land contribute based on their impervious surface. 4. Create a utility that is fair and equitable where all parcels of land contribute and roll back the millage 1.0 mils (down to 8.5 from 9.5) to make the increase in the utility easier on our homeowners and businesses. This option would require a cut in personnel and/or services in other areas of the city. This utility will impact your business and your property financially. The city has not made any decisions on how to address this need. The city needs your input. The city is looking to make a decision soon and be ready to go in October.


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