BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — In a letter penned to federal agency leaders, Louisiana Congressman Garret Graves condemns the non-disclosure agreement (NDA) Baton Rouge officials are asked to sign ahead of briefing on stormwater management negotiations.

Graves’ letter states, “The use of an NDA in this situation appears highly inappropriate and continues to block the public from key information needed to make an informed decision on the imposition of tens of millions of dollars in new taxes being forced upon our community by the federal agencies.”

Read Graves’ full letter below:

Last week, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome announced a stormwater utility fee proposal that would serve as a funding source for drainage management and operations.

A spokesperson from Mayor Broome’s office said the parish, exempting Zachary, Baker, and Central, faces federal enforcement in stormwater operations. However, the proposal created would avoid that.

A Metro Council public hearing for the proposed stormwater utility fee is scheduled for Oct. 26.

Residents who wish to learn more or give their input on the proposed fee can attend one of several public meetings scheduled in October. To view public meeting dates, click here.