Have your say on stormwater management funding

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Prince George, BC – The City of Prince George will use resident feedback to determine how stormwater management will be funded to ensure the system operates safely and efficiently for years to come.

The City is looking to create a dedicated stormwater management fund and is seeking input on how this could work via an online survey launching today.

The survey, along with background information on the City’s massive $380-million stormwater system—comprising a network of pipes, drains, and other infrastructure—can be found here: Stormwater Infrastructure Fund | Get Involved Prince George

The survey allows residents to choose from four different options for funding stormwater management programs:

  • Option One: A dedicated tax levy. This is the simplest and least expensive option to implement.
  • Option Two: A tiered flat rate. Based on the type of property (residential, business, etc.) and tiered by property size, a flat fee would be charged on residents’ utility bills. This ensures the amount paid matches the stormwater contribution from each property.
  • Option Three: Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) – Zoning Maximums. This option uses the zoning of a property to develop a formula that determines its contribution to the stormwater system. It calculates the allowed hard surface area based on the zoning's maximum site coverage.
  • Option Four: Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) – Statistical Sampling. This option uses a statistical sampling of the measured hard surface area for all types of residential properties to determine the average ERU size, which becomes the base billing unit.

The survey will remain open until June 28, 2024.

Currently, there isn’t a dedicated funding source for the maintenance and renewal of the City’s stormwater system. During the Integrated Stormwater Management Plan (ISMP), creation in 2021, an independent assessment estimated that the City should be spending approximately $9.1 million annually on the system. Increased funding would allow City crews to proactively replace deteriorating infrastructure, preventing failures like the sinkhole at Winnipeg and Carney Street in 2018 (pictured).

In the 2024 budget consultation, residents identified stormwater drainage as a top-three infrastructure priority, alongside roads and sidewalks. Resident feedback is crucial in deciding how to fund stormwater management to ensure the system operates efficiently, protects the natural environment of Prince George, and keeps the community safe for years to come.

Learn more about stormwater management in Prince George: princegeorge.ca/stormwater.

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a photo showing a birds eye view of a sinkhole being repaired. There is a crane.

 

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Media contact:
Claire Thwaites, senior communications advisor
Mobile: 778-349-1386
Email: media@princegeorge.ca