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Rain tax: Gainesville looking at creating stormwater utility
A culvert underneath Dixon Drive is one of the city of Gainesville’s aging pieces of infrastructure the city water department is beginning to address.
The city of Gainesville is considering how to pay for upgrades and replacements to aging stormwater infrastructure, which has resulted in flooding and sinkholes. In recent years, floods and sinkholes have closed streets and cost millions of dollars countywide. The idea of a “rain tax” was first presented to City Council at its Public Utilities Department retreat last weekend, and was met with mixed reactions.