Hillsborough Proposes Stormwater Utility

The town of Hillsborough has proposed a new stormwater utility and fees.

The stormwater utility would help the town improve its current system and pay for improvements.

“We’ve been concerned about stormwater for quite some time,” said Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens, “it’s the largest source of pollution.”

The town is hoping to reduce the amount of pollution that reaches Falls Lake and the Eno River, which is the town’s main source of drinking water.

“This is something we really need to deal with, it’s the quality of drinking water,” said Stevens. “And a lot of that has to do with, two things, it’s nutrients that go into the water, it’s runoff from farms.”

Pollutants in the water can affect local eco-systems and make it more difficult for water treatment plants.

The fees will be based on property type. Non-residential properties will pay on a tiered system depending on property size, while residential homes will be charged a $50 flat fee.

“It takes years to deal with this, we are well along our way but as we are seeing more construction and development in this area we are seeing the stormwater doesn’t get any better,” said Stevens.

A public information meeting will take place on January 26 at Hillsborough’s Town Hall.


Duke Energy Rate Increase Would Average 5 Percent

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Duke Energy Corp. is releasing more details about its deal with North Carolina’s official consumer advocate to raise electricity rates for customers in the state’s central and western regions.

Duke Energy said Monday its settlement with the North Carolina Utilities Commission’s Public Staff would raise rates for customers of its Duke Energy Carolinas subsidiary by about 5 percent. The company would get an extra $205 million in the first two years, and $235 million a year after that.

The public staff is responsible for representing consumers and said it would support the increase, which is half what the company requested in February.

The rates will be discussed at several public hearings this month, beginning with Wednesday in Winston-Salem. They would take effect in September if the state utilities commission approves.