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By Sigma Cub (anonymous) | Posted August 10, 2011 at 15:34:42

Ancaster News, Feb 21, 2011: Don’t flush ‘rain’ tax away: Merulla

Coun. Sam Merulla is urging his colleagues to reverse a decision to introduce a storm water tax on large, big box properties. “It is very shortsighted,” said Merulla. “I implore council to support something along these lines.”

Hamilton politicians last week agreed to flush a proposed storm water fee that would be levied against all properties, including households. For an average assessed home, the resident would pay about $6 per month, or $72 per year. While a big box store could pay about $4,600, or a commercial mall could pay about $55,000 a year.....

Merulla said the city has attempted over the last five years to improve its infrastructure problems, after severe storms in 2006 and 2009 created flooding problems in residential homes, particularly in Ward 4. His area has seen about $400 million in new sewers and water infrastructure projects in the aftermath of the flooding problems. Merulla suggested a storm water rate could be phased in over a few years. “We have to right the wrongs of the past,” said Merulla. “But we must do it. We’ve had 50 years of neglect. We can’t change it overnight."

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