Stormwater Assessment Fee….Call it a “driveway tax” not “special assessment”

Updated 1/11/18

While reviewing the Lake County website on another matter, I noticed this tax that I knew nothing about.

http://www.lakecountyohio.gov/smd/StormwaterAssessmentFee.aspx

It appears that the Federal Government’s EPA issued an unfunded mandate to control local pollution.  So our county government, of course wanting to comply with ALL laws, charge the taxpayers on their semi-annual REAL ESTATE TAX bill under the “Special Assessments Project #19-901” a total of $21.00 or $42 annually.

“All residential properties are charged a flat rate based on an average impervious (hard surface) area of 3.050 square feet for each parcel. ….Therefore, you are charged $3.50 per month or $42.00 annually.”

“The amount of impervious land (hard surface) is used because it has been shown to be a good indicator of the amount of runoff that leads to pollution.”  The only hard surface we have leading to the street is our driveway.  Therefore, I conclude that I am being charged $42 per year because I have a hard surface driveway. (I wonder about those residents that do not have a hard surface driveway?)

I recently asked the director of the Stormwater Management Department what happens to all of the rock salt that is dumped on the roads by the Lake County Road Departments.  I thought that it might be collected by our vast network of storm sewers and somehow treated before it enters Lake Erie.  WRONG!

All of the residual rock salt dumped on the roads to protect us ultimately finds its way into Lake Erie, and the EPA knows about it, and accepts it.  So I need to know why do Lake County taxpayers have to pay a “driveway tax”.

Let’s see how much is collected from taxpayers, and what is done with the money.

Stay tuned…we will be asking some questions and reporting back to you.



Categories: Lake, Lake County Cities & Townships, Real Estate Taxes

28 replies

  1. Greetings! I know this is kinda off topic but I was wondering which blog platform are you using for this website? I’m getting fed up of WordPress because I’ve had issues with hackers and I’m looking at options for another platform. I would be awesome if you could point me in the direction of a good platform.

  2. 246129 67905Pretty section of content material. I just stumbled upon your weblog and in accession capital to assert that I get in fact enjoyed account your weblog posts. Any way I is going to be subscribing to your augment and even I achievement you access consistently quickly. 717415

  3. F*ckin awesome things here. I am very glad to see your article. Thanks a lot and i’m looking forward to contact you. Will you please drop me a mail?

  4. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having problems locating it but, I’d like to shoot you an email. I’ve got some creative ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing. Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it improve over time.

  5. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News. Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there! Cheers

  6. Ive been exploring for a little for any high quality articles or blog posts on this sort of area . Exploring in Yahoo I at last stumbled upon this website. Reading this information So i am happy to convey that I have an incredibly good uncanny feeling I discovered exactly what I needed. I most certainly will make sure to do not forget this website and give it a glance regularly.

  7. Amazing! This blog looks just like my old one! It’s on a totally different subject but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Outstanding choice of colors!

  8. I blog sometimes and also I very seriously treasure your material. This fabulous post has truly peaked my interest. I am going to book mark your online site and keep looking for all new info about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed additionally.

  9. I journal often and I truly respect your content. This good write-up has certainly peaked my passion. I am going to book mark your website and also keep checking for fresh facts relating to once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.

  10. 521419 692018Superb read, I lately passed this onto a colleague who has been performing a little research on that. And the man really bought me lunch because I came across it for him smile So allow me to rephrase that: Appreciate your lunch! 886056

  11. whoah this blog is great i love reading your posts. Keep up the good work! You know, a lot of people are looking around for this information, you could help them greatly.

  12. I write usually as well as I seriously respect your web content. This great piece has really peaked my curiosity. I am mosting likely to book mark your web page and keep looking for fresh information relating to once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed additionally.

  13. 420479 652321Id always want to be update on new content material on this web site , saved to fav! . 750054

  14. magnificent post, very informative. I wonder why the other experts of this sector don’t notice this. You must continue your writing. I’m sure, you’ve a huge readers’ base already!

  15. I just could not go away your site before suggesting that I actually enjoyed the standard information an individual provide on your guests? Is going to be back often to inspect new posts.

  16. 393293 426163Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but following I clicked submit my comment didnt appear. Grrrr effectively Im not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful weblog! 807138

  17. I like the efforts you have put in this, appreciate it for all the great articles.

  18. Great info and right to the point. I don’t know if this is actually the best place to ask but do you folks have any ideea where to get some professional writers? Thanks 🙂

  19. 735245 530649What a lovely weblog. I will surely be back once again. Please maintain writing! 717844

  20. I gotta bookmark this internet site it seems very useful very beneficial

  21. 521007 889229i would need to make far more christmas cards becuase next month is december already- 818372

  22. Wohh just what I was looking for, regards for putting up.

  23. Hello there! Do you know if they make any plugins to assist with SEO? I’m trying to get my blog to rank for some targeted keywords but I’m not seeing very good results. If you know of any please share. Cheers!

  24. 90019 206435The electronic cigarette makes use of a battery and a small heating aspect the vaporize the e-liquid. This vapor can then be inhaled and exhaled 730650

  25. 839297 153812Thanks for the post, was an fascinating read. Curious as to how you came about that solution 596383

Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: