Bills for a new stormwater fee are to be mailed to Gettysburg property owners in July.

The fee is expected to average $100 annually for a residential property, with payment options including quarterly.

The proceeds are to fund projects mandated by the federal Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) program, which hits municipalities with significant fines if they fail to reduce runoff, erosion, and other sources of water pollution.

Extensive information is available on the borough’s website, www.gettysburgpa.gov/gettysburg-borough-storm-water-authority-gbswa.

Also, an explanatory video is being developed by Community Media of South Central PA, officials said during Monday’s meeting of the Gettysburg Borough Storm Water Authority (GBSWA).

The GBSWA board enacted the authority’s rules and fees Monday during its regular meeting.

The graduated fee is based on the portion of a property covered by surfaces that rainwater cannot penetrate, such as roofs and parking lots.

Because it is not a tax, the fee applies to non-profit entities that own property in the borough, including churches, institutions of higher education, and governmental institutions such as Adams County and the National Park Service, officials said.

The borough’s engineer, Chad Clabaugh of the Gettysburg-based C.S. Davidson firm, has estimated armoring stream banks, installing rain gardens, and other MS4-related projects could cost the borough more than $188,000 annually for five years.

The board began work early this year after the borough council created the GBSWA.

Members met as often as weekly to undertake a “line-by-line” review of some 50 pages of rules, regulations, and rates, member Patricia Lawson said Monday.

“Hats off to my colleagues” and borough staffers for completing that work in a timely fashion, said Lawson, who also serves on borough council.

She praised GBSWA board Chair Mike Malewicki and the board’s other members, Mayor Ted Streeter, Wesley Heyser, and John Lawver. The latter two are also borough council members.

Lawson spoke after Monday’s meeting of the council, during which members enacted an ordinance banning illegal discharges and illicit connections to the system. Examples would include sump pumps or washing machines linked to storm sewers, officials said.

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