Northampton residents file stormwater fee petition

Northampton started charging stormwater fees in 2014

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Northampton residents are unhappy with increasing water and sewer rates, and have filed a petition to repeal the city’s stormwater fee.

Petition organizers need to get enough signatures and approval by city officials in order to get this to be a ballot question in November. Organizers submitted a 500-signature petition to the City Clerk on Wednesday; they were only required to get 25 signatures from all seven Wards.

Northampton started charging stormwater fees in 2014 to help pay for how the City controls runoffs, flooding, and stormwater discharges.

Northampton City Clerk Wendy Mazza told 22News, “It has a long way to go. There’s still a process between the city solicitor, the committee getting additional signatures, and then the city council.”

Mazza noted that they’re verifying signatures to make sure they meet the quota for registered voters. Once that is completed, the city lawyer has 15 days to review it. If they get all the required signatures, the City Council will decide whether to put the repeal question on the city ballot.