FEDERAL AGENCIES MUST PAY LOCAL STORMWATER FEES
On Tuesday, January 4, President Obama signed Senate Bill 3481 into law. The law requires federal agencies to pay the same local fees or assessments associated with stormwater runoff that would be applicable to any non-governmental entity. Some agencies had argued that such fees were local taxes, which the federal government does not have to pay.
The new law expressly resolves any disagreements over whether local governments may collect stormwater fees from the federal government. Of course, state agencies and public or private colleges and universities remain exempt from municipal drainage fees under state law (and there will no doubt be bills filed to expand those exemptions). The Texas Legislature is the only body that can address that issue.