In the middle giving out awards to their storm water committee is Suzanne Beck, executive director of the Greater Northampton Chamber of Commerce. This is a high-powered group with a lot of technical, legal and lobbying skills. They had this Chamber committee up and operating in January of 2013, when it became clear that the city was going to create a Storm Water Enterprise Fund, funded by some kind of “rain tax.” The Chamber saw that there was a real potential for their members to get hammered when it came time to pay the assessments for the new storm water enterprise fund.
When it came time for the Mayor and the DPW to name a committee to set fees to fund the new stormwater enterprise, they picked a committee that looked to be broad-based and inclusive, in line with the “Best Practices” credo. But it wasn’t. The fix was in. To read the full article, click here.