Fair Fees for Stormwater

Environment Hamilton has begun outreach to have Hamilton introduce a new fair fee for stormwater in our city - but we can't do it without your support. Read and sign the petition below!

More information can be found on our website here.

Dear Mayor Eisenberger and City Council,

 

I am calling on you to address the rising costs and risk of stormwater management in the City of Hamilton by listening to staff recommendations to reevaluate how we, as a city, pay for the costs of our stormwater management system.  As it stands now, households pay for rising stormwater management costs primarily through our water bills. Property owners contributing the most to stormwater runoff which strains our system, pollutes our environment and degrades our infrastructure pay little or none of the costs of dealing with the problem. This approach to stormwater fees has resulted in an underfunded system. Residents don’t see how much we are paying and why. I want fair fees for Hamilton to provide:

 

1. Transparency (see what we’re paying for)

2. Equity (everyone pays their fair share)

3. Sustainability (city can reliably fund and prepare for the future)

4. Incentives (encourage people to do better, reward those who do)

5. Stewardship (protecting environment and water quality)


I urge you to support Environment Hamilton’s call to adopt a fair stormwater fee system, following the lead of other Ontario municipalities.

Who's signing

312 signatures

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  • signed 2016-11-09 13:44:56 -0500
  • signed 2016-11-04 13:36:31 -0400
    I’ve purchased rain barrels and landscaped my property so that storm water soaks into the ground and doesn’t go down the drain and cost the city more money. Business owners should be required to do the same. Home owners shouldn’t have to pay for storm water runoff from large parking lots and buildings with flat roofs. Everyone should pay their fair share. City Bylaws should require businesses to take measures to mitigate storm water runoff or pay the cost.
  • signed 2016-11-04 13:04:41 -0400
    Leo Gervais
  • signed 2016-11-02 22:57:07 -0400
  • signed 2016-11-01 21:59:16 -0400
  • signed 2016-11-01 15:53:58 -0400
    If we all get off the storm sewer grid we (the true owners of the city corp.) will save a lot of money and the land will be a lot more fertile and the marsh, bay and lake will be in much better health. We must now realize that we can no longer plan our settlements to exceed the land’s capacity to absorb the rains and so then allowing it to cycle, fractal and filter at every bio-geological level.
  • signed 2016-11-01 14:45:34 -0400
    Water in the ground is the keystone of sustainable green infrastructure, climate mediation – runoff needs to be eliminated.
  • signed 2016-11-01 13:45:26 -0400
    I happen to live in a location that is not likely to flood but I do understand the problem of paving over large tracts of land. Urban spread and the roads required are a major probem as are the increased.parking lots required by suburban sprawl. City intensification is really important. The city should do all it canto resist the speculators effort to expand boundairies.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-01 13:28:00 -0400
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  • @agreendress tweeted link to this page. 2016-11-01 13:27:57 -0400
  • signed 2016-11-01 11:16:28 -0400
    The RHVP is one of the biggest scars on the land and interrupter of natural drainage. Too much reverence for the automobile is killing the extraordinary beauty of our city’’s area. The only way to encourage everyone to think about water and pollutants and runoff, it seems, is by way of money. (That thing we love but that we cannot eat or drink). Therefore I fully support all work to create transparency and reward those who are doing the most to protect our water resources.
  • signed via 2016-11-01 11:07:52 -0400
    natalie czapla
  • signed 2016-11-01 11:02:07 -0400
  • signed 2016-11-01 10:54:49 -0400
  • signed 2016-11-01 10:48:59 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-01 10:19:24 -0400
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  • signed 2016-11-01 10:18:52 -0400
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-30 21:36:42 -0400
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  • signed 2016-10-30 21:36:05 -0400
  • signed 2016-10-30 14:31:41 -0400
  • signed 2016-10-30 14:16:17 -0400
  • signed 2016-10-30 13:04:58 -0400
    Subsidizing the cost of treating stormwater runoff is ridiculous considering that its subsidizing businesses that are low jobs-per-acre so they can offer vast tracts of free parking. That free parking in turn threatens the viability of small, local businesses that do more for the local economy in terms of jobs per acre and keeping local dollars local.
  • signed 2016-10-07 09:11:56 -0400
    I want to see Center Mall paying up big time for their concrete wasteland. And I want a rebate for keeping my yard green, and resisting the urge to pave it over so I can park my car.
  • signed 2016-10-07 07:35:46 -0400
  • signed 2016-10-06 18:26:25 -0400
  • signed 2016-10-06 17:16:25 -0400
    Dolores Smith
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-10-05 07:46:30 -0400
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  • signed 2016-10-03 20:26:29 -0400
    As much as I don’t want to pay more, I want to do better, and I want to help the City have the funds to be able to manage storm water better.
  • signed 2016-10-03 19:48:13 -0400
  • signed 2016-10-03 17:51:35 -0400

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