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Stormwater cost still a mystery

Knox County Commission may have to allocate up to $500 million over the next 10 years to comply with Environmen-tal Protection Agency-mandated Stormwater Ordinance construction demands.

Following his address to Farragut Republican Club June 14, Commission chairman Scott Moore cited “reports” that estimated the cost between $65 million and $500 million.

“Nobody really knows the number … it’s a huge issue,” Moore said. “Last year in the budget we fixed a subdivision built in the nineteen-sixties or early nineteen-seventies, Arrow-head subdivision, that had drainage problems. … It cost us almost a million dollars.

“That was one subdivision, you think of the subdivisions built years ago all across Knox County,” he added. “If they have problems that we have to go in there and correct, over a period of time that’s a lot of money.

“And to have enough employees to go out and check all of the new subdivisions, new anything that’s going to be built, is going to be a massive hire for Knox County ’cause we’re going to have to have more employees.”

How to pay for construction costs plus more employees? “There’s people out there talking about impact fees that people have to pay for,” Moore said. “I don’t know if it’ll be a property tax [increase], impact fees, we just don’t know yet.”

Moore said he “thinks” the Commission budgeted about $1 million for stormwater correction costs in the upcoming fiscal year, adding a committee report due within a couple of weeks should spell out the issue more clearly.

“Hopefully in the next couple of months we’ll start working on it and see which way we need to go,” Moore said.


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