Stormwater fees big expense for many

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In the past few years, businesses, homeowners and other property owners across the county have started paying a new fee.

Stormwater utilities have been set up to raise money to pay for local drainage projects, such as work around downtown Franklin to stop businesses from being flooded or cleaning out drainage pipes in Greenwood neighborhoods. Bigger projects, which could total millions of dollars, are being planned.

Those projects are paid for by the local property owners, who pay more or less depending on where they live and what they own. In some communities, such as Franklin, properties are charged a flat rate. But in others, such as Greenwood, Whiteland and Bargersville, certain property owners pay a fee based on the size of the building and parking lot where water drains off.

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