Posted: Mar 19, 2013 5:37 PM
Updated: Mar 19, 2013 6:40 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - The city is one step closer to having a street user fee. This afternoon city council voted 8-1 to approve the first reading of an ordinance setting the rate for the street user fee. Only District 3 Councilwoman Priscilla Leal voted against the ordinance.
Before it can be finalized the ordinance has to pass a second reading which could take place in six weeks.
The delay will allow council to have a workshop to discuss the user fee further and gives the city more time to educate the public.
Under the ordinance, homeowners would pay $7 per month on their utility bills. Businesses would be charged based on square footage, the type of business and the amount of traffic generated by the business.
As written the ordinance would only last for 10 years.
Many business owners and residents expressed their displeasure with the idea of a street user fee today before council.
Mayor Nelda Martinez compared the street user fee to taking medicine to make the city healthy again saying it's "not going to taste good going down."
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