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Under proposed stormwater management system, Cornell would pay $130K yearly to city

Under proposed stormwater management system, Cornell would pay $130K yearly to city

Ice jams in Cascadilla Creek led to flooding in Ithaca's Fall Creek neighborhood earlier this year. This photo was taken at the corner of Dey and Hancock streets. Photo: WHCU/Peter Blanchard

Lawmakers in the City of Ithaca will vote next month on the creation of a new system to get more money to pay for its stormwater management costs.

The system would have city residents pay an annual fee of $48 to go towards stormwater runoff costs.

Larger properties would be on the hook for more money, with Cornell University paying an estimated $130,000 annually.

Cornell water and wastewater manager Chris Bordlemay appeared before city lawmakers this week, and asked them to consider giving the university more of a financial break.

“I’m here today on behalf of Cornell to request that as the city works through the legislative process, that you truly consider the benefits of an existing stormwater utility that is consecutive to your system.”

Bordlemay argued that the city benefits from Cornell’s existing stormwater management system.

The new stormwater fee system would have big box stores like WalMart with large parking lots paying around $15,000 annually.

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