Every now and then, a really bad idea, devoid of any basic understanding of logic, is floated into the air to serve as a decoy. The idea to which I refer is the city manager's recent proposal of something called a "storm water utility." While not overtly recommending such nonsense to the city commissioners, it is clear that this type of activity is nothing more than a tax. Any talk of further taxation will be met with cold hearts, but to actually put in writing, even as a remote possibility, the notion that property owners would be taxed because rain water fell on their property gives new meaning to the concept of "bad."
Home owners, seen in this nefarious scenario, would be taxed for storm water runoff on paved driveways, sidewalks, patios, swimming pool aprons, basketball courts, etc. With this logic at work, we must assume that the water that runs from the roofs and down the drains into the yards will also be seen as a contributing hard surface and measured as an abetting factor. One assumes that those who have rock drives, no sidewalks, etc., would only be measured for the three front steps to the porch that the rain hits when it falls, but would still be targeted for the roof run-off.