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Roanoke City Council holding public hearing on stormwater fee

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Roanoke City Council is holding a public hearing Monday night on adding a storm water utility fee.

The fee would be put in place to help cleanup rivers and streams in the Star City, which are becoming polluted due to stormwater run off.

Right now, the city estimates the new fee would cost Roanoke citizen an average of $7 per month.

It's a project that's been in the works for more than a decade, but is now gaining momentum.

"This has been going on for a very long time," said Roanoke City Engineer Phil Schirmer. "I think the water quality initiatives that are coming to us from the federal government, the EPA level, is really what's pushing this. We really need to act now to prepare ourselves."

Tonight's public hearing begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers.

To find out how much this new fee could cost you, click here.

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