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Commissioners Review Bozeman's Stormwater System

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Bozeman Public Works leaders will present three different recommendations on updating the city's storm water system. Options could cost the city anywhere from $1 million to more than $2 million dollars.

The Bozeman Public Works Department will present three different levels of service that could be done to update the storm water system throughout the city.

"It's really just meant to get the condition assessment underway and completed," said Kyle Mehrens, Bozeman GIS Technician. "Now, we're looking to move our program into this more advanced utility."

The levels of service are broken down by operation costs, deferred maintenance and system enhancement. The options for a new plan could cost the city between $1.2 million and $2.7 million.

"We looked at 15 local businesses, single family units, multi-family units and we assigned costs under each model of what it would look like," said Mehrens. "We're expecting a single-family residence unit to go from $1.75 to $5 to $10 per month."

He said the tax increases will be different depending on your property's infrastructure.

"We are looking at more proportion ways. In other words if you have a lot of paved services like Walmart rather than a flat rate which we have intact now," said Mehrens.

Mehrens said some of the pipes in the city have never been looked at. Some are cracked, broken and clogged.
 
He said these tax increases are necessary to be able to get the system up to code.

"We're seeing an increase in flooding and clogged infrastructure," said Mehrens.

Mehrens hopes to have a program in place by January 1.
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