For many years Norman has been needing and working towards a plan to better manage stormwater runoff. This is not something that people talk about a lot in comparison to other items with a similar price tag, but this is a big deal. On April 2nd Norman is going to take a vote on how we move forward, so it’s important that you learn something about this before it feels like a surprise. Our citizens will start paying a new utility fee to help manage the issues related to stormwater, so before you get too upset about that you might want to look into how this is all going to work.
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The proposed $72 million transportation bond leverages City and federal funds to undertake 19 projects for a total investment of about $139 million in Norman’s transportation infrastructure. If approved, this proposition would provide funding for the City to address issues with the existing transportation infrastructure, including, but not limited to, construction of a new Traffic Management Center, widening and reconstruction of roads, installation of new traffic signals, improvements to stormwater drainage systems, and the addition of sidewalks and multi-modal paths.
The proposed $60 million stormwater bond would fund 33 stormwater infrastructure projects with the aim of reducing flooding in Norman and replacing aging, undersized drainage structures. These projects were selected from a list of 60 projects identified in the City’s 2009 Storm Water Master Plan as critical to addressing flooding and water pollution issues in Norman. If approved, this would be the first stormwater bond in the City of Norman and would provide funding for large infrastructure project needs where state and federal funding is not currently available.
If approved, this stormwater utility would provide approximately $4.2 million a year combined with $3.2 million from the General Fund to fund critical stormwater maintenance needs including, but not limited to, increased infrastructure maintenance crews, Stormwater Compliance Inspectors, a Neighborhood Assistance Program, and necessary equipment such as street sweepers and a camera truck to inventory the state of stormwater infrastructure. This utility would be established in an enterprise fund, which is a dedicated source of funding for stormwater services only.