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Officials: Possible Allentown stormwater fee is not a tax

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - The city of Allentown is up against stricter environmental standards concerning water pollution.

Due to those standards, the city projects it needs to collect about $5.6 million every year for storm water costs.

The city's proposing a rate of $20 per 500 square feet of impervious surface -- meaning, any surface that can't absorb water, like buildings and parking lots..

That's about $60 to $100 a year for the average residential property.

In addition, because it's not a tax, nonprofits would be hit. Lehigh Valley Health Network, St. Lukes, and the school district is looking at about $13,000 alone for one building. Even the Catholic Diocese is expecting a $30,000 bill for its properties.

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