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Community Meeting for Proposed Clean Water and Storm Protection Fee

The City of Cupertino's Clean Water and Storm Drainage program provides essential community services. That includes storm drain inspection and cleaning, trash and litter reduction, construction oversight, and environmental education. These services are critical in sustaining a healthy environment, maintaining our aging infrastructure, and maximizing groundwater recharge.

A small portion of the above activities are funded by a fee of $12 per home-and related rates for non-single-family ¬≠residential  and commercial properties - on your property tax bill. The fee has not been increased since it was implemented more than 25 years ago.  And costs continue to rise.

Last December, the City conducted a survey that was mailed to approximately 12,000 Cupertino property owners. The survey asked whether they would be willing to support a fee to fill the funding gap. The fee would create a sustainable, dedicated source of funding that would not have to compete with other general fund priorities. A new Clean Water and Storm Drainage Fee could also allow the City to begin to address some of the high-priority capital improvement projects identified in the recently completed Storm Drain Master Plan.

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