Letter: Cemetery raises questions about fee for wastewater

To the editor:

I am a member of the board of directors for a nonprofit organization located at Main Street and U.S. 31 called the Greenwood Cemetery.

During our annual meeting we were informed of a recent bill that was sent to the cemetery by the City of Greenwood stormwater utility department. The city passed ordinance 12-11 on April 2, 2012, creating this new department. The department goes throughout Greenwood determining the amount of square footage that is impervious to water and then converts that to a ERU (equivalent residential unit) and charges $5 per month per ERU.

That all sounds really benign, and it’s all aimed at keeping the environment clean, which is good. However, this is a tax. Were it a fee, then there would be a service associated with the fee. The Greenwood Cemetery does not have a storm sewer nor any future plans to add one.

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