BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A stormwater utility fee was proposed by Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and the City-Parish Department of Environmental Services Thursday morning.
The proposal aims to fund the stormwater utility district for East Baton Rouge Parish, according to the mayor.
“The quality, quantity, and movement of water within our parish impacts every facet of our daily lives – from the way we navigate our community and the resiliency of our neighborhoods, to our health and quality of life,” said Mayor Broome. “Establishing a dedicated funding source for adequate and consistent stormwater maintenance and improvement throughout East Baton Rouge Parish empowers our community to address chronic litter, water quality, and flood risks while helping to ensure we retain local control of our stormwater system.”
City leaders will be hosting community meetings to answer questions from residents about the proposal, which will be introduced in Metro Council on Wednesday, Oct. 12. A public hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26.
“Stormwater utility fees provide an equitable and adequate funding source to regularly improve, inspect, clean, and maintain the parish’s drainage systems and infrastructure,” according to the City-Parish in a news release. ”The fee structure enacted by the City-Parish enables a strong and fair correlation between the stormwater runoff a property contributes and the charges the property owner pays.”
Baton Rouge property owners, on average, are estimated to pay around $10 per month, according to the proposal. The City-Parish said the fee will appear as a line item on annual property tax bills.
The mayor said $46.2 million is needed for stormwater operations and maintenance in the parish. Residents should expect to be charged starting in 2023.
Upcoming public meetings on proposed stormwater utility fee:
Thursday, Oct. 13, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Main Library (7711 Goodwood Blvd)
Sponsoring councilmembers: Mayor Pro Tem Lamont Cole, District 7, Metropolitan Council Member Laurie Adams, District 11, Metropolitan Council Member Cleve Dunn, Jr., District 6, Metropolitan Council Member Aaron Moak, District 4, Metropolitan Council Member Daryl Hurst, District 5
Monday, Oct.17, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Pride-Chaneyville Branch Library (13600 Port Hudson-Pride Rd.)
Sponsoring councilmembers: Metropolitan Council Member Brandon Noel, District 1, Metropolitan Council Member Aaron Moak, District4
Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Charles R. Kelly Community Center (3535 Riley St.)
Sponsoring councilmembers: Metropolitan Council Member Daryl Hurst, District 5, Metropolitan Council Member Chauna Banks, District 2, Metropolitan Council Member Carolyn Coleman, District 10
Thursday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. — Bluebonnet Branch Regional Library (9200 Bluebonnet Blvd)
Sponsoring councilmembers: Metropolitan Council Member Rowdy Gaudet, District 3, Metropolitan Council Member Jenn Racca, District 12
Monday, Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Fairwood Branch Library (12910 Old Hammond Hwy.)
Sponsoring councilmembers: Metropolitan Council Member Aaron Moak, District 4, Metropolitan Council Member Denise Amoroso, District 8, Metropolitan Council Member Cleve Dunn, Jr., District 6
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. — Jones Creek Regional Branch Library (6222 Jones Creek)
Sponsoring councilmembers: Metropolitan Council Member Dwight Hudson, District 9, Metropolitan Council Member Denise Amoroso, District 8
To read an FAQ or learn more about the Stormwater Public Utility District, click here.