Springs voters approve $17 million in annual stormwater fees

PUEBLO – Colorado Springs voters approved a ballot measure securing $17 million in annual stormwater fees to be used exclusively for stormwater drainage and flood control projects, including the list of 71 projects identified in the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between Pueblo County and Colorado Springs regarding the permit for the Southern Delivery System.
 
“This is a fine example of the new relationship between Pueblo and Colorado Springs. I think it’s wonderful to have two communities rolling up their sleeves to tackle problems the two communities share,” Pueblo County Commissioner Terry Hart said.
 
“Our IGA with Colorado Springs is a good example of how not investing in the maintenance of stormwater drainage and flood control systems drives up costs. We’ve gotten hard-won, hard-fought commitments from Colorado Springs to improve Fountain Creek and be responsible," Hart said.
 
Currently Colorado Springs’ stormwater obligations are met with money from the city’s General Fund.  Those obligations will now be paid for by the new stormwater fees. Colorado Springs homeowners will be charged $5 month and nonresidential property owners will be charged $30 a month for every acre they own and all of the money raised from the stormwater fees must be spent on the city’s stormwater obligations.