Fee for storm-water drainage in Rapid City - KOTA Territory News

Fee for storm-water drainage in Rapid City

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In one week, everyone who has property in Rapid City will be getting a letter from the Public Works Department.

Starting this year, taxpayers will see an annual fee for storm drainage.

Terry Wolterstorff, director of public works, says the fight to fund this project has gone on for 20 years. That changed this past October when Rapid City Council members passed a Storm Water Utility Ordinance. This ordinance will use taxpayers' money to maintain healthy storm-drainage systems. 

Wolterstorff says fees are based on the size of the property and what it is used for. "For a typical residential property the fee is in that $20 to $25 range," said Wolterstorff. The larger the property, the higher the price, which affects commercial properties. "Ranging somewhere from $100, but for a larger commercial property it could go up into a couple thousand dollars," said Wolterstorff.

There are 121 miles of open drainage ways, 38 miles of storm sewer pipe, 140 storm water ponds and 5,000 storm water inlets in Rapid City."It's really a public safety issue. Our goal is to keep the streets safe from flooding conditions, so emergency vehicles and the traveling public can get around and try our best to eliminate or prevent as much damage from flooding conditions," said Wolterstorff.

The letters will be in your mailbox by July 19/20.

Reminder – it's not a bill, just a notice.

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