BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – A councilwoman has filed an emergency item to repeal the Stormwater Public Utility District after “receiving misleading public statements from the administration.”
Metropolitan Councilwoman Laurie White Adams filed the repeal Monday.
The Stormwater Public Utility District, proposed by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the City-Parish Department of Environmental Services, would be funded by the stormwater fee for drainage management and operations.
“This item was passed by the council after receiving misleading public statements from the administration and parish attorney. In my mind, the Stormwater Utility District is fruit of the poisonous tree. We need to repeal the district and open up transparent conversations with the residents of East Baton Rouge Parish regarding non-compliance with the Clean Water Act, maintenance of our stormwater sewer system, and the efficient use of our financial resources.”Councilwoman Laurie White Adams
Mayor Broome has asked the city council to remove the stormwater fee from the agenda, stating she was misinformed regarding federal involvement.
The proposed fee has been under fire since Congressman Garret Graves made claims that there was no NDA between the city and the federal government for the stormwater fee in Baton Rouge.
On Friday, Assistant Chief Administrative Officer Kelvin Hill, who led drainage improvements initiatives, resigned.
The emergency item will be heard at the council meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 26, which is open to the public.