The Garden City Commission on Tuesday approved an ordinance authorizing a new stormwater drainage fee that will result in a slight increase to Garden City residents’ monthly water bills.

During Tuesday’s commission meeting, Public Workds Director Sam Curran said residents will begin to pay an additional 25 cents per month on their water bills, starting Jan. 1, 2018.

At the July 18 commission meeting, commissioners directed staff to develop an ordinance that establishes new stormwater drainage fees to meet current and future operational and maintenance expenditures.

The fee will have the same annual step increase in 2019, and through 2023, Curran said, meaning there will be a 25 cent increase each year.

The new rates will provide funding for the management and operation of the city’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit requirements, the salary/benefits of the stormwater coordinator’s position, management and operation of the city’s Household Hazardous Waste Facility, expansion of maintenance on the city’s current stormwater systems and restoration of the cash reserves for the utility to $300,000 in 2027.

“The new rates will generate about $31,000 per year for each one of those years, so we’re going to increase our revenue from about $217,000 to about $408,000 a year,” Curran said, adding that the additional revenue will provide funding for the stormwater utility, to complete future small infrastructure projects and restore the cash reserve.

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