Grand Valley Drainage District board sets fees

Grand Valley Drainage District boundaries -- Robert Garcia The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel
Grand Valley Drainage District boundaries — Robert Garcia The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Mike Wiggins):

Tens of thousands of Grand Valley residents and business owners will begin paying an annual fee next year to manage stormwater that drains off their properties.

The Grand Valley Drainage District board voted unanimously Wednesday to institute a $3-per-month base fee on the more than 44,000 tax parcels within its boundaries and a $500-per-unit impact fee on new development. The $3 fee is based on a parcel containing 2,500 square feet of impervious surface.

Property owners will begin receiving bills from the drainage district in January and will have 60 days to pay them or face potential legal action.

“Once people see that (bill) is collectible, we expect the issue (of not paying) will go away,” said Dan Wilson, the attorney for the drainage district.

The district had asked Mesa County Assessor Ken Brownlee to include the charges in tax bills his office mails out, but he declined, so the district will spend $120,000 next year to mail the bills itself.

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