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In November 2012, Philadelphia voters approved an amendment to the Charter to allow City Council to establish, by ordinance, an independent rate-making body responsible for fixing and regulating rates and charges for water and sewer services.
A public hearing on proposed stormwater rates changes for Philadelphia’s community gardens will take place on Tuesday, October 25:
PWD Presentation to Rate BoardAnd Public Input HearingTuesday, October 25, 2016,6 p.m. to 8 p.m.Pennsylvania Horticultural Society100 N. 20th StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19103-1495
On June 28, 2016, Mayor James F. Kenney signed an ordinance passed by Philadelphia City Council that allows community gardens a special discounted rate for stormwater services. The ordinance directs the Rate Board to establish a special discounted stormwater charge, in an amount up to and including 100%, for approved community gardens.
As a result, the Board may exempt community gardens from paying a monthly stormwater charge, as long as the gardens meet the criteria in the ordinance.Read more about the hearing and proposed changes on our Watersheds Blog. You can also learn more about this proposal here.