A self-storage owner in Asotin County, Idaho, is among several business owners fighting the city over stormwater fees.
Jeff Port, owner of Adele’s Mini Storage, has raised rental rates to keep up with the fee, which can reach nearly $5,000 annually for some business owners. Residents only pay about $60 a year.
When developing the property, Port said drainage was an important consideration. The facility features a drain on a slab that goes into a catch basin. From there it’s piped into a drain that runs down the driveways. Water on non-permeable surfaces runs through a similar system.
Port spent nearly $20,000 on the stormwater drainage system. He also pays $1,400 annually to the county.
In light of Port’s stormwater system, the group that regulates the county’s stormwater fees is considering a way to compensate him.