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New storm water bill raises concerns

New storm water bill raises concerns

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BURBANK, Wash. - Dozens of Burbank residents filled Columbia High School Wednesday night raising concerns about a storm water bill they knew nothing about.

Last week over 6,500 bills were sent out to people who live in unincorporated property in Walla Walla County. The yearly fee of $36 is intended to clean-up storm water that discharges to creeks, rivers and groundwater. This comes after the Department of Ecology issued the storm water requirements back in 2007.

But many residents are upset. They say their biggest concern is that they are paying for something they don't need. "As for the situation of us flooding, we get 7-10 inches of rain a year. That's not a flood problem, in most countries that's classified as a drought," said Ronald Burg, Burbank resident. "It makes no sense what so ever. I'm paying for something that I'm not getting," said Holly Brickley, Burbank resident.

Another big concern was the lack of communication. Many people said they knew nothing about the bill until they opened up their mail box. A Stormwater Program Manager tells us they followed the public process but will try and improve the way they give out information in the future.

The county will host the next informational meeting Thursday at 6:30 PM at the Walla Walla County Health Building.