Asheville proposes to raise drinking water, stormwater, other fees by $1.3M

636241335041793646-wncdrinkingwater-008(Asheville Citizen-Times) The city is proposing $1.3 million in fee hikes for a range of services used by residents and visitors alike.

The increased fees and charges would be for things such as drinking water, stormwater system maintenance and fire inspections. Fees make up more 35 percent of all money taken in by Asheville, just behind property taxes, at 36 percent. The total operating budget for this fiscal year, ending June 30, is $180 million.

The most direct impact to residents will be increases in water rates and a fee charged to maintain stormwater systems, which deal with rainwater draining off homes and other buildings.

Read the full report by Joel Burgess HERE>

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