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Commissioners create citizen task force for stormwater fee

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By Crystal Nelson

    BRIGHTON — Adams County commissioners created a stormwater management task force designed to assist the county in the evaluation of its current stormwater operations, infrastructure needs and rate structure associated with the stormwater utility fee during their meeting Monday.
    Deputy County Administrator Todd Leopold said the task force will provide equal representation from around the county. The task force will have between 16 and 24 consisting of one representative from each of the unincorporated Adams County areas, a representative from each of the incorporated county areas and participants from various property classifications.
    “The outcome of the task force will be a formal recommendation to the board of county commissioners really pertaining to the program in general,” Leopold said. “There will be a very thorough overview of the current program structure, rate setting and then there will be a great deal of discussion about finances in the county, how we’re structured and the program itself and our financial projects associated with the CIP projects pertaining to stormwater and drainage. The ultimate goal again would be a recommendation about how that structure should be developed going forward.”
    Those interested in becoming task force members will have to submit a letter of interest to the Board of County Commissioners by April 19. Letters can be submitted via email at SWQ@adcogov.org or via mail to Attn: Stormwater Quality, 4430 S. Adams County Parkway, Brighton, CO 80061.
    Task force members will be selected by an independent facilitator. The task force will meet no later than May 20, and the task force must make its recommendations to the commissioners by Oct. 1.
    Commissioners also amended the structure of the stormwater utility fee for 2013 and capped the rate individuals would be charged based on their property classifications.
    The rate would be capped at $83 for residents, $68 for mines, $131 for agriculture, $446 for exempt, $746 for commercial properties and $886 for both industrial and state assessed property.
    According to the resolution, the rate structure change for the year is to lessen the impact of the fee until full evaluations of the county’s stormwater operations have been thoroughly evaluated.