Thursday, July 14, 2011

Trib: Stormwater fee plan steams some Mt. Lebanon residents

Mt. Lebanon residents expressed their concern Tuesday night that a proposed stormwater fee amounted to a "rain tax" that was unfair to the owners of smaller homes.

The Board of Commissioners is proposing a monthly fee that would be dedicated to repairing and expanding the municipality's aging and inadequate storm sewer system. But, the speakers at Tuesday's public hearing said charging all residential property owners an $8-per-month fee would be unfair to those who had fewer runoff-producing roofs, driveways and sidewalks than the 2,400-square-foot measurement that would be used as the standard.

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Blogger Matthew said...

Do you think they'll let me opt out or get a discount if I put rain barrels on all of my downspouts?

July 14, 2011 11:50 AM  
Blogger Charlie Forquer said...

I thought it never rained in Camelot Mt. Lebanon?

July 14, 2011 12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


The answer is that you might possibly (not automatically)receive a 1-time credit for just one rain barrel amounting to $25...even though it might cost up to as much as $140 to buy a ready made rain barrel with necessary features. Not much financial incentive for the homeowner....but a 50% discount for large building complexes, most of which are tax exempt, could amount to perhaps $ thousands each & every year.

And Lebo government claims this kind of flim-flam is "fair and equitable" to we simple folk.

Bill Lewis

July 14, 2011 11:37 PM  
Blogger Tom Moertel said...

By the way, if anyone gets a rain barrel, here's a money-saving tip I got from a friend.

If you have two expensive new rain barrels, and it's November, and it's starting to get cold, and you think to yourself, Hey, I wonder if it could get cold enough to freeze the water in those rain barrels? you might want to follow up on that thought.

Because those things burst.

At least, that's what my friend said. I wouldn't know, personally and all.

July 15, 2011 12:10 AM  

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