Colorado Springs City Council OKs stormwater ordinance

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Bill Murray: Wants to hold developers accountable. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Bill Murray: Wants to hold developers accountable.
As expected, the Colorado Springs City Council voted 6-3 to approve changes in the city's code to accommodate resurrecting a stormwater fee. Those opposed were Don Knight, Andy Pico and Bill Murray.

For background on this ordinance, check out this blog.

Murray said during today's discussion, "Where I come from, the penalty should fit the crime. The cost of the stormwater fee is a direct result of our inability to enforce our stormwater requirements. It should be proportional to those who caused the stormwater damage."

He was referring to developers, who have been faulted by many for building inadequate drainage systems that the city nevertheless approved. But City Engineer Travis Easton said the city does enforce the drainage manual.

"The developers do know we’re holding them accountable," he says.

The next step is to refer a measure to the November 7 ballot, which Council is expected to do on August 22.

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