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Stormwater Assessment FAQ’s

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  1. Why do I have to pay for this stormwater assessment?
    • The West Manheim Township Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance# 2017-03, Stormwater Assessment to be used towards operation, maintenance, and all other expenses related to stormwater mandates. The stormwater assessment ordinance collects an annual stormwater assessment fee from each property owner within the township’s boundaries. You can read the ordinance by clicking on the download button for 2017-03 Stormwater Assessment here- http://westmanheimtwp.com/ordinances/newly-adopted-ordinances/
    • It is necessary to reduce the pollutants in the water- Nitrogen, Phosphorus and sediment. Regulations required from the federal government (EPA)- Clean Water Act, pushed down to the state governments (PA DEP), pushed down to the counties, pushed down to the local municipalities. It’s about water quality in the bay, the Commonwealth’s streams, creeks, and subsurface water tables.
  2. How do I or my property benefit from reduction in pollutants?
    • Everyone benefits from improved water quality. The waters of the Commonwealth drain to creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds. These waters drain to the Susquehanna River, Codorus Creek, etc. The four main watersheds in York County replenish Lake Redmond and Lake William which supply public water sources. They also replenish Sheppard Myers and Long Arm reservoirs located in West Manheim Township. Whether you have a well that is pulling water from subsurface water tables, enjoy fishing or outdoor water activities, or are on public water, you and your property benefit from the reduction of pollutants.
  3. Who decides the amount of the pollutant reduction?
    • Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection sets the reduction amount of the pollutants that need to be met.
  4. What is West Manheim Township doing to do their part to comply and reduce the pollutants?
  5. Why did West Manheim Township decide to participate in the York County CBPRP?
    • After investigation, West Manheim understood that it was much more cost effective to be part of the collective county effort than to try and reduce pollutants exclusively on its own. If West Manheim tried to reduce the pollutants on its own, the cost would hundreds of thousands of dollars annually because West Manheim would not receive any credit for projects that are completed under the collective county effort.
  6. Do all properties in West Manheim Township pay the assessment?
    • Every parcel is assessed. Some municipalities like Conewago Township, Adams County, are assessing approximately $80 annually to their residents. West Manheim is annually assessing residential and agricultural properties at one (1) equivalent residential unit (ERU)= $13.66. Other property classifications will be assessed by the amount of impervious coverage.

 

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