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Stormwater programs have contributed to significant improvement in our nation’s water quality. However, while very important, stormwater programs are also very costly. This paper describes the difficulty in adequately funding the stormwater program in Huntington Beach, CA with general funds. While water and wastewater fees have become the norm, stormwater fees have not, but are being developed in cities nationwide, and should be developed in Huntington Beach. A review and comparison of other cities that have developed dedicated funding determined that it requires a change in policy. Through implementing a utility fee the City of Huntington Beach will be able to acquire necessary funds to adequately fund its stormwater program.
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