Lexington Sewer Fee Hike

The Lexington Fayette Urban County Government has a new storm water fee that will cost most people a little more than $4 a month, but others could pay more.

The mayor talked about the new charge Thursday morning.

Every homeowner, urban and rural, will pay the same, $4.16 a month. Businesses and churches will pay considerably more depending on their size.

Mayor Jim Newberry said he wished such a fee were not necessary, especially in these tough economic times. But he says it is imperative if Lexington is to come into compliance with the federal clean water act and make up for years and years of neglect.

The mayor said many other cities around the country charge higher storm water fees.


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  • by K Location: jefferson co on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:48 AM
    maybe they should raise them to $25.00 so they can build another basket ball court, guess Rupp will just be another parking lot.
  • by dan Location: 40769 on Nov 14, 2008 at 10:02 PM
    empeach the mayor and all the leaders who voted on bill.
  • by Chris Location: Avon on Nov 14, 2008 at 09:15 AM
    Why in the world would you put this tax on the rural homeowners in the county? Nothing is going to be done outside of the city limits, except for the councils greedy little hands reaching into my pocket. This mayor /council is as bad as what we voted out with Issac's.
  • by R Location: Lexington on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:46 AM
    I just wonder where our tax dollars have been going, has any of our taxes been going to the upkeep of the drainage system? Obviously not if there has been years of neglect. I am getting sick and tired of our officials misappropriating funds or whatever you want to call it and then raising our taxes because of their short comings.
  • by Frustrated Location: Lexington on Nov 13, 2008 at 09:46 PM
    I have the same feelings that Fred and Anon have... Why should I, the responsible homeowner, be held accountable for the neglect and ignorance of the city government with the years of tax money I've already spent? The city was fined already for the non-compliance, and now, instead of making cuts to the budget in other areas, Newberry will just put it on us. What happened to all the tax money I've paid already? Can I get a refund since it wasn't used properly? Probably got wasted like many projects proposed out of the LFUCG office.
  • by Toni on Nov 13, 2008 at 04:57 PM
    It really doesn't matter what other cities charge. I don't live in Lexington but I get tired of hearing gov't officials agreeing to increase fees for different services & then state the fee is lower than other locations surveyed.
  • by Harry Potter Location: Lexington on Nov 13, 2008 at 04:56 PM
    It seems our desire for growth caused our leaders to forget the oversight on new developments who should have paid for much of this. Oh, since this is a "FIX" did they put in a date for this to rollback once the issues are corrected?
  • by wilhemakeit Location: 40505 on Nov 13, 2008 at 03:21 PM
    NO, NO, NO All the mayor has done since being elected has been to add new taxes or raise old taxes and service fees. Let's say enough is enough and say no more taxes.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Nov 13, 2008 at 01:43 PM
    To Anonymous on Nov 13, 2008 at 02:51 PM: I'm in the same boat, but I'd say we're both S.O.L. I just love the fact that we have to bail out the city for their lack of oversight and planning over the years...
  • by Anonymous on Nov 13, 2008 at 11:51 AM
    What a shock, Lexington raising taxes on their homeowners again. I hope this time it affects everyone not just homeowners. I get tired of picking up the slack for others just because I own my home.

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