City: Sewer Fee Required By EPA

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On Tuesday, The Urban County Council held the first of two hearings on a new sewer tax hike.

Lexington must pay hundreds of millions of dollars to make repairs to the city's storm sewer system.

The old systems overflowed when it rained, causing used toilet paper and human waste to back up in people's neighborhoods and into Lexington's creeks.

The overflow was also blamed for the deaths of two young women in Lexington in September 2006.

Lauren Fannin and Lindsay Harp died when they were swept into a storm drain.

Last year, a lawsuit settlement was reached between the city and the Environmental Protection Agency.

So the fee is required because the EPA argued Lexington was violating the federal clean water act.

The proposed fee would be $4.32 a month for single-family homes. Others, including businesses, schools, churches, factories and large living complexes, would pay the same amount but for every 2,500 square feet of impervious surfaces like, roofs, driveways, parking lots or other similar surfaces.

A second public hearing will be held this Thursday at 6:00 p.m. In the Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of the Government Center.

If the council approves the fee, it would not be collected for at least six months.

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