From the North Forty News (Cherry Solokoski):
The Boxelder Authority board voted at its Dec. 16 meeting to make recommendations involving both the fee area and rate brackets for the project. The board wants to expand the fee area to include an additional 554 homes. Partly because of the added properties, the authority foresees lower fees for 2011. In the unincorporated county, the lower fees would be reflected in 2012 bills, since the county bills in arrears. To accommodate the lower fees, the authority board is also requesting a change in fee brackets. In the original IGA, the board was allowed to charge between 3 and 4 cents per square foot of impervious surface. The suggested new bracket would put fees between 2 and 4 cents.
Fort Collins, Wellington and Larimer County must agree on any changes to the Boxelder Stormwater IGA. Authority manager Rex Burns said the proposed changes will be sent to all three entities by mid-January…
According to Burns, the board is also recommending credits for some properties whose runoff is captured by irrigation reservoirs. The “thumb” area near the Windsor #8 reservoir will likely be credited 100 percent, he said, but it will still remain within the fee area.
The proposal to expand the Boxelder fee area is not popular with everyone. The law firm Lawrence Jones Custer Grasmick LLP, acting on behalf of James Fry and Richard Seaworth, submitted a letter to Larimer County, Fort Collins and Wellington on Dec. 16, asking them to “resist any proposed expansion of the Authority’s fee area.” Fry and Seaworth also want the “thumb” area taken out of the fee area. The letter asks that the power of the Boxelder Authority be “sharply curtailed,” arguing that “the Authority’s ambitions have exceeded the public mandate supporting it.” The letter states that “the upstream rural property owners receive no discernable benefit, and serve only as a source of funding for improvements benefitting the downstream properties.”[…]
In the meantime, construction plans for the Boxelder improvements are moving ahead. It is expected that most Phase I work will be completed by the end of 2011. Besides enlarging Clark Reservoir, work will include widening the Inlet Canal flowing into Clark Reservoir and building a new bridge over the canal.
More stormwater coverage here and here.