Some Canadian cities across Canada have introduced this new utility bill, including Victoria BC who has introduced it starting next month.
Bills from stormwater drainage on streets have been payed by the property owners as a property tax up until now, unfortunately this cost will be separated into its own utility bill.
Charges will be based on each property’s characteristics, including the area of hard surfaces such as a roof and driveway, property use and length of street frontage.
The city defines stormwater as the rain that lands on hard surfaces and then flows into drains and pipes.
The new billing method will also offer incentives for managing rainwater more sustainably through the Rainwater Rewards program.
Property owners can introduce methods such as rain gardens, cisterns, green roofs and permeable paving to reduce their fees.
The first annual stormwater utility bill was sent out to property owners in early October.
In our opinion, this is the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard and we can only assume the liberals were behind this, share if you agree.