BENTON, Ark. – People who live in Benton could see monthly stormwater fees rise from $0.50 to $5, according to city officials.
The increase comes amid several neighborhood drainage concerns funneled to city hall.
“All I hear is people very interested — and somewhat agreeable — to an increase of any kind if it’s going to help address some of these drainage problems,” Danny Ketchum says.
Ketchum is a civil engineer for the city of Benton. He delivered a presentation at a public input meeting Tuesday night regarding drainage and stormwater issues.
Areas around Lake Pauline show evidence of drainage issues with curbsides covered in sitting water.
Barbara Calhoun lives not far from the lake and points out a creek in her backyard that fills up every time it rains.
She says it is slow to drain and has caused damage to her property.
“You can see it erodes away these beautiful trees,” Calhoun says while pointing to the creekside in her backyard.
A few dozen people attended the public input meeting on Tuesday.
Homeowners wouldn’t be the only ones facing an increase in fees so would business owners.
Commercial fees would go from $1.50 to $10.00 a month.
The Benton City Council is expected to decide whether to approve the stormwater fee increases next week.