Jan. 19, 2016 03:36

Ohio Supreme Court Settles Stormwater Fight

Ohio Supreme Court Settles Stormwater Fight

The Ohio Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to a new stormwater management program. Five communities and the local retail lobby had taken the Northeast Ohio regional Sewer District to court. They contested the sewer district’s authority to manage stormwater and charge fees to pay for the program.

The stormwater program will cover runoff from more than 60 communities. Property owners will be assessed fees to pay for it. Fees already collected have been sitting in escrow since the groups filed suit. Now, the district is asking a common pleas court to release the money—$20 million in total—so it can get back to working on the drainage system.

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