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Bonita Springs discussing storm water utility funding source

Posted at 9:27 PM, Sep 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-05 06:52:36-04

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla. — Flooding is something that Bonita Springs is not stranger to, but the clean up after ward comes at a cost.

To help organize clean up and determine who should pay for it, the city recently created a "storm water utility."

As of now, the ordinance that created this utility would make residents pay a storm water utility tax, based on the type of property they own.

But after much discussion at Wednesday night's city council meeting it appears that idea may be squashed.

The city's mayor, Peter Simmons, thinks there's a better way to fund the utility, that doesn't include a resident tax or fee.

"We have money in reserve in what we call our rainy day fund and our rainy day fund is getting healthy again," said Simmons.

It's something that the president of the Bonita Springs Downtown Association, John Paeno, agrees with.

“I think we need to look at all the different ways that we can raise monies for storm water control," said Paeno.

The city council will have one more discussion about funding for the storm water utility at their meeting next Monday.

They will vote on the source of funding at another meeting the following week.