Branson City Council approves a tax o...

Branson City Council approves a tax on rain

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Branson tax on rain

Ozark, MO

#1 Apr 4, 2013
Branson City Council approves new stormwater fee, a tax on rain.

The state's Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, signed into law last year, requires counties to collect fees to pay for stormwater management as well as stream and wetland restoration

Time has come for vote on Branson stormwater fee

Branson-Taney County property owners can expect to see a new fee on their annual tax bill in July.

After a three-hour legislative session Thursday that included the passage of 17 amendments, the Branson City Council voted to approve legislation creating a state-mandated stormwater fee to fund stormwater restoration projects.

The average residential property owner will be charged about $105, according to Taney County officials, but the fees are expected to be lower for most residential property owners in the east part of the county and higher than $105 for most in the west.

“It is going to impact everyone in the county,” newly re-elected Branson City Council member, Rick Todd said.“I believe that what we have done is to create a fair system of assessment.”

The council voted 4-1 to implement the fee with Chris Bohinc, the council’s lone Republican who represents western Branson, voting against.

Todd said he wanted to have more information before taking a vote, and made the request to table the legislation, but received no support.

“I’m not convinced that we have to get this done right now,” he said.

The state's Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, signed into law last year, requires counties to collect fees to pay for stormwater management as well as stream and wetland restoration projects. The projects are aimed at improving water quality and reducing phosphorous and nitrogen entering the Chesapeake Bay.

All property owners, except state and local governments and volunteer fire companies, are required to pay the fee, which will appear in the July tax bill as a line item, similar to trash and fire fees.

The county needs to raise about $130 million over the next five years from the new stormwater fee to cover their state requirements on stormwater management.

The fee will continue to be assessed after five years, but the county can’t predict those costs until it learns what its requirements are to meet state permits on stormwater managementThe county administration had proposed charging property owners $7.80 for every 500 square feet of impervious surface in the first year with the fee escalating to more the $20 in subsequent years.

Impervious surfaces include paved driveways and rooftops. The county's Geographic Information Services will determine the amount of impervious surface for each property.

The council voted 3-2 to set the fee at $15 for the next three years.

Branson City Council approves new stormwater fee, a tax on rain.

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