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Missoula City Council to discuss storm water rates, proposed condo development

Posted at 1:51 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 15:51:55-05

MISSOULA — The City of Missoula is considering an increase to its storm water fees to build the revenue needed for system improvements in order to comply with federal water quality regulations.

Owners of a single-family home would see their rates increase from roughly $9 a year to $50.53, or roughly $4.21 a month. The fees would be billed on monthly water bills for residential and commercial customers starting Feb. 1, 2020.

The city established its Storm Water Utility in 2016 to comply with requirements of the Clean Water Act. Storm water is not treated by the wastewater plant and remains the leading cause of water pollution in the state.

The public can weigh in on the proposal at a public hearing that will take place at 7 p.m. in the Missoula City Council Chambers at 140 West Pine Street.

The Missoula City Council will also vote on a high density condominium project proposed for the University District near the Hip Strip on Monday evening.

The four-story, 48 unit, upscale condos would be built along South Fourth Street East where currently four historic homes sit. The property lies in what’s been designated as the urban center, which advises high-density residential development.