By Matt Werner
A new stormwater utility fee proposal could soon be in front of the Zionsville Town Council.
The Board of Directors of the Stormwater Management Department approved a new resolution with a 71-percent rural factor rate. The board was split on the decision, with Candace Ulmer voting against, during the Tuesday afternoon, April 9, meeting. The town council still must take action on the fee before anything becomes official.
Under the proposal, the fee will be $3.86 per residence in Zionsville. All properties in the rural service area of town will pay 71 percent of that amount, which is $2.74. For all parcels that are not residences, such as farms, industrial or commercial properties, the fee charged will be $3.86 per 4,400 square feet of impervious surface, such as rooftops, parking lots and other hard surfaces.
The board first discussed using a 71 percent rural factor during its February meeting. The factor was determined after Gavin Merriman, stormwater program manager, broke down a demonstrable budget series by series and found that 71 percent is applicable to the rural area. Items that were applicable to that area include staffing and possible future needs in the rural area for engineering services or infrastructure.
Ulmer said she is in total support of the rate but voted against because she had problems with other parts of the resolution.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.