By Aaron Day
PROPERTY owners used to paying their drainage fees as part of their monthly water bill in Dickinson are in for a shock – the city is about to bill them in one hit each year.
The city’s July bill explains that the fee is no longer taken in by the county’s water control and improvement district 1, with whom the city had a collection contract until February 28.
Instead, city hall wants a lump-sum payment from each fee-paying property to ease its financial management of its storm sewer system.
Not all properties have to pay the fee, but the likelihood of private citizens and businesses finding themselves on the exempt list is remote.
To qualify for exemption, they must own and maintain their own drainage system, or keep the property in its natural state, or leave it unoccupied with no improvements built upon it.
Lots or tracts that are exempt are those owned by the state, the county, the city, its school district, the water-control district and tax-exempt religious organizations.
The annual bill, which will pay for the upkeep of ditches and pipelines, is based on the type and size of each chargeable property.
Its fees can be paid online on the city’s website, by mail or in person at the city hall, at 4403 Highway 3.
Anyone unable to pay their bill in one payment or needing further information should contact city employee Alun Thomas for assistance, by e-mail at email@example.com, by phone at 281-337-6235 or by fax at 281-337-6190.
Anyone with questions about drainage problems or requests for drainage-system maintenance, repair or improvements, should contact Alicen Newman in the public works department by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 281-337-6267 or fax at 281-337-0604.