Rapid City leaders want to improve the city's drainage system in preparation for future storms. Monday night, council members approved a new drainage utility fee to pay for upgrades and repairs.
This means residents will have to pay an added fee to their property tax bill. The fee will be reduced for elderly and disabled residents.
City officials say the fee will generate 4 million dollars per year. City Council president Jerry Wright says it's time for a new storm drainage system. "Systems in our town that have been poorly maintained or not well built or not built at all really in some places and get us where we can take care of our storm water safely and effectively."
Wright says the run off of properties is what determines how much the fee will be for each resident. So it will be determined by the size and type of the property.
The council voted 9 to 1 in favor of the proposed utility fee. It will not be implemented until 2015.