New Fee for Property Owners in Yakima - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

New Fee for Property Owners in Yakima

Posted: Updated:
YAKIMA, Wash - Property owners in Yakima are going to have to pay a new fee to the city.

The amount depends on how much roofing or pavement a property owner has or any surface that water runs off of.

For every 3,600 square feet of that surface, a $22 fee is charged by the city, according to an ordinance passed by the city council Tuesday night. 

This ordinance comes from the clean water act.  The federal government is telling city goverments they need to come up with money to keep stormwater runoff clean.  This water goes straight into rivers and streams without treatment.

Some property owners were not happy with the decision.

"We didn't have this in the budget, this is all new, it will be a 10 to 12 thousand dollar hit the first year," says Greg Stewart, General Manager of State Fair Park.

City officials say the average home owner will qualify to pay only a $22 fee.

According to Bill Wheeler, Board Chairman for Yakima Air Terminal, the airport is expecting to pay $22,000 for the fee, considering all of their runways.

The yearly fee will go towards the cleaning of the drainage systems the city has right now.  It will go into effect next year.