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Urgent Comments Required on NEORSD's Storm Water Fee Draft Credit Guidance That is Overly Burdensome

Starting January 2013 property owners in the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD) territory will have to pay quarterly storm water fees that will be thousands of $$$ for thousands of properties. NEORSD was to provide "credits" against these fees to properties that took actions that improve the quality and quantity of the storm water discharge. However, the draft "Credit Guidance Manual" contains qualification requirements and procedures that are so burdensome and unfair as to undercut much of the benefit of the credit program to a huge number of properties in NE Ohio. For example, sites that have been issued "Individual" NPDES storm water permits will qualify for a 25% "quality" credit while sites with "General Permits" for storm water that are designed to provide the same quality benefits are NOT eligible. Why... In Cuyahoga County there are only 62 sites with Individual NPDES Permits but 313 sites with General NPDES Permits. Extrapolating this across all of NEORSD area I’d expect the comparison to be more like 200 individual permits verses more than 1,000 general permits. So, this credit guidance issue is all about NEORSD NOT losing too much money.

There are many other major unfair and overly burdensome provisions in the draft Credit Guidance. I urge all property owners and business with sites in NEORSD to review the guidance and submit comments to NEORSD by Nov 20th. Otherwise, you'll be faced with an annual storm water fee that is biased and a credit program designed to increase fees to engineers and consultants. Feel free to contact me for more info or to join a list of entities agreeing with comments my company LMG is preparing on the draft Credit Guidance that are due by Nov 20th.

 
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