Wyoming Borough Councilman takes steps to opt out of WVSA stormwater management

    Wyoming Borough Councilman takes steps to opt out of WVSA stormwater management

    Councilman Mike Baloga made a motion at the Wyoming Borough Council Meeting on Monday to opt of WVSA stormwater management.

    "I really think it's an unfair fee. I think it's ridiculous, really. I know that the EPA and the DEP are the ones who are mandating this. But somebody has to take a stance somewhere," said Baloga.

    WVSA customers across dozens of Luzerne County communities started noticing the fee on their bills this month.

    Officials for the sanitation authority say the fee is supposed to help clean up pollution in the Susquehanna River.

    "I saw it on Facebook was the first place I saw it. People were griping over it. I think it is kind of dumb. As far as I know, it's just rainwater. And we can't really help it," said Thomas Smith, of West Pittston.

    The motion made at Monday's packed meeting was shot down in a 3 to 2 vote with an abstention.

    The public's reaction was mixed.

    "We really don't know what the ramifications are of opting out of it and I agreed with that opinion," said Susan Franklin, of Wyoming.

    Some people think the fee could be a good thing.

    "I am comfortable with it, it's cleaning up the pollution. The pollution is there, someone has to do it," said Franklin.

    Others still feel like they don't understand what they are paying for in the first place.

    "I think that with any kind of bills, whether its hospital bills, taxes, or whatever. There should always be an explanation for anything that is tacked on. There needs to be information provided. I'm the kind of guy, I don't care what I have to pay. I just want to know where my money is going and the reason why it is going where it's going," said Smith.

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