Think-tank touts stormwater fees to increase transparency
Ottawa Citizen

By Jon Willing, Ottawa Citizen, September 9, 2016

A report by an environmental think-tank based at the University of Ottawa calls on cities to adopt separate fees so property owners know exactly how much they’re paying for stormwater infrastructure.

The report by Sustainable Prosperity, which will be released Monday to coincide with the Livable Cities Forum in Halifax, says basing a stormwater fee on property value or water consumption isn’t fair, since they have no relation to how much stormwater is caused by the property. The best method is to charge each property for the amount of stormwater services it uses, the report says.

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