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File #: 19-565    Version: Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Mayor's Office
File created: 9/5/2019 In control: City Council
On agenda: 11/12/2019 Final action: 11/12/2019
Title: Ordinance No. 19-81 certifying delinquent stormwater fees and charges to the El Paso County Treasurer for collection Presenter: Richard Mulledy, Stormwater Enterprise Manager
Attachments: 1. Ordinance_StormwaterFees-CertificationOfDeliquency, 2. Exhibit A_Ord to Certify Dlq SW fees for Collection.pdf, 3. Signed Ordinance 19-81.pdf

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Ordinance No. 19-81 certifying delinquent stormwater fees and charges to the El Paso County Treasurer for collection

Presenter:
Richard Mulledy, Stormwater Enterprise Manager

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Summary:
The voter-approved stormwater service fees went into effect July 1, 2018. The Stormwater Enterprise has been billing property owners by sending monthly notices of current and past due fees for approximately one year. Of those property owners billed through the City, 92% of property owners have paid their fees. For those property owners who have not paid their fees, the Stormwater Enterprise will pursue the collection of unpaid fees per City Code Section 14.8.109 (D) and in accordance with the Stormwater Enterprise Billing Rules and Customer Procedures.

City Code Section 14.8.109 (D) states that nonpayment of stormwater fees creates a priority lien upon the property to which the fee is associated. The Stormwater Enterprise will initiate lien proceedings for any customer having past due invoices totaling more than $200 and which are 90 days or more past due. The Stormwater Enterprise is requesting City Council pass the proposed ordinance to certify the delinquent fees to the El Paso County Treasurer for collection.

Background:
The City of Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU), and Pueblo County signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement on April 28, 2016, committing spending for stormwater infrastructure, operations, maintenance, and MS4 compliance programs in the amount of $460 million over 20 years to improve the City's stormwater system.

On November 7, 2017, the citizens of Colorado Springs passed Ballot Initiative 2A, approving the implementation of a stormwater service fee per Ordinance 17-19 beginning July 1, 2018. The fees were established as follows:

Residential property: $5 per dwelling unit/month
Non-residential property: $30 per acre/month

The stormwater service fee benefits all the citizens of Colorado Springs and provide...

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