Port Angeles to consider stormwater fee increase on property owners

PORT ANGELES – The city’s monthly fee imposed in 2004 to fund stormwater control projects could double next year under a proposal being considered by the City Council.

A public hearing on the proposal is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St.

It will be continued until the Aug. 21 meeting, when the council may make a decision.

The city’s proposal is to increase the city’s monthly stormwater fee from $3 per month per 4,000-square-foot unit to $6 per month per unit beginning next year.

But the cap of 10 units per property, or $60 per month, would remain.

If adopted, the fee increase would take effect in January and first show up on property tax bills mailed out in February.

The city must notify Clallam County by November to get the increase on the 2008 property tax statements.

The City Council approved the present stormwater utility ordinance in November 2003.

It includes a flat $3 monthly charge for single-family houses and duplexes.

Developed commercial and industrial properties are charged for impervious surface, up to a maximum of $30 a month or $360 a year.

Vacant lots are not charged unless they are paved.

The fee is collected by Clallam County along with property taxes.

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