Chattanooga: Council chambers packed for water quality meeting

Chattanooga: Council chambers packed for water quality meeting

November 19th, 2009 by Cliff Hightower in Local - Breaking News

Staff Photo by Lesley Onstott Mayor Ron Littlefield, center, and District 1 City Council member, Deborah Scott, listen to complaints and questions from Bill Raines, a Chattanooga citizen and business owner. The City Council held a public hearing Thursday afternoon to address stormwater fines.

Staff Photo by Lesley Onstott Mayor Ron Littlefield, center,...

More than 150 people crowded the City Council chambers today for a hearing on why and how the city would use more than $100 million in stormwater fees over the next five years.

Councilman Jack Benson asked if there was anything unnecessary in the city's $22 million-a-year budget for water quality.

"Are we plugging anything not needed?" Mr. Benson asked.

Mayor Ron Littlefield said the money would pay for nothing extra.

"There's nothing extraneous," he said.

"Okay," Mr. Benson replied. "You're on the record."

The city increased its water quality fee more than a month ago, raising the residential rates from $36 a month to $115.20 a year.

Many of those at the meeting said their bills went up from hundreds of dollars a year to many thousands of dollars.

For more information, read tomorrow's edition of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.


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