Columbia Stormwater System Renovation Could Be on August Ballot

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COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council has until May 24th to decide whether or not to put the stormwater renovation on the Aug. 2 ballot. In order to fix all of the outdatted system's problems, the city would have to raise more than $27 million over seven years, meaning private residents would see anywhere from a 2 to 11 dollar monthly rate increase.

  However, this would be the first rate increase since the system's construction 40 years ago, which is also its lifespan. City officials worry that if the 20-project renovation doesn't happen, a situation similar to the sink hole that formed beneath Bourn Avenue in Feburary due to bad pipes could happen again.