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The City of Columbus will be hosting it's third and final Stormwater Utility listening session 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at the Columbus High School cafeteria, located at 1164 Farnham St. This will be an opportunity for residents to ask questions, give comments and voice concerns. City officials and staff will be available to answer questions.
Columbus has a history of flooding and other stormwater concerns. While nothing can flood-proof the City, there are projects and improvements that could improve conditions and mitigate some effects during high water events. Additionally, the stormwater infrastructure found throughout the City needs routine service and maintenance to ensure proper operation when we need it most.
Unfortunately, making lasting stormwater improvements can be a costly proposition. Because they are funded with tax dollars, stormwater projects must compete with other projects and services like street and road maintenance or public safety commitments like police, fire, and emergency medical services. Further complicating the issue are State regulations that limit the amount of taxes that can be collected to fund these projects and other programs that limit new expenditures by withholding State revenues in future years.
Recognizing these budgetary limitations while also understanding the public’s desire to see real, lasting improvements, the City of Columbus is considering the adoption of a stormwater utility fee.
This third listening session takes place at the Columbus High School cafeteria for those attending in person. A virtual option to participate is available by contacting City Hall at 920-623-5900. This event will be recorded and made available online and played back on Spectrum cable 980.