Jun 25, 2013 2:05 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - City council members voted to establish a controversial street user fee intended to maintain roads within city limits. The second reading of the ordinance passed in a 6-3 vote.
Starting on January 1, 2014, all residents of Corpus Christi who are not exempted from the fee will see a $5 charge on their utility bills from the city. The base rate for businesses is $5.38 a month with multipliers for square footage and traffic. Limits will also be in place for square footage and traffic.
Earlier this afternoon, Councilman Chad Magill's motion to have the voters decide the issue, not the council, failed in a 3-6 vote. Magill, Rudy Garza and Priscilla Leal were the only council members who wanted the voters to decide the issue.
The fee would go towards a fund that can only be used for street maintenance, according to city attorney Carlos Valdez.