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Ohio Supreme Court sets date for Northeast Ohio stormwater arguments
Sewer districts wants to charge communities to fix flooding; some communities say it is a tax

Lyndsey Schley
The Ohio Supreme Court will hear a case on whether a sewer district can charge fees to fix flooding.
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The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments September 9th over whether the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District can collect $35 million a year for storm water management.

Eight communities are challenging the regional program, saying the fees are an unvoted tax.

Kyle Dreyfuss-Wells of the sewer district says if the district is not given the authority to find a regional solution to flooding, the region could end up with a run-off turf war.


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"Then we have one community moving their problems to the next community and we have communities responding in crisis," Dreyfuss-Wells says. "So those really aren’t effective ways to solve problems."

The sewer district won at the county court level, but an appeals court overturned that decision last September. The program has been on hold since then.

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