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After about two years of discussion, the Champaign City Council has signed off on a stormwater utility fee.
Starting next spring, residents will pay roughly $5 to $15 a month for storm sewer operation and maintenance. But larger properties with more impervious area, or buildings and pavement, will pay more.
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Champaign will be offering one-time incentive payments and recurring tax credits for properties that use storm water mitigation systems. Although the precise details have yet to be worked out, the city is considering a $25 incentive payment for using a rain barrel, and $250 payment for a rain garden. Other, more ambitious mitigation systems could be eligible for recurring tax credits, especially for larger properties. The city of Urbana also plans a similar program under its storm water utility fee proposal.
Details about Champaign credit/incentive plans are available on the city’s website, at this link: