Houston Drainage Fee Help Available for Local Businesses Who Qualify

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Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc. (ALS, Inc.) has announced they are prepared to help Houston business owners keep drainage fees fair and provide technical services to help those who qualify lower their drainage utility fees. A new qualification form is now available.

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[ALS, Inc] is committed to helping Houston business owners, with large impervious areas, decrease their drainage fees.

In November of 2010, the Houston drainage fee proposition passed. It wasn’t until April 6, 2011 that the City of Houston finally adopted the ordinance which establishes the City Storm Sewer System and the Drainage Utility Charge. The City is still developing the rules for treating many issues that impact how much a property owner will pay. As recently as May 20, 2011, in a speech to a private business club, Andy Icken, Mayor Annise Parker’s Chief of Development, said “We are in the process of verifying the data at this time.”

Even though the rules are not finished, residents and businesses are now receiving confirmation that many will pay 4-5 times more than originally expected. Many owners are receiving notices of fees in the thousands of dollars and some in excess of $50,000.00 Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc. (ALS, Inc.) has announced they are prepared to help business owners keep their drainage fees fair and provide technical services to help people lower their drainage utility fees. This is a daunting task considering most people must act before June 30th and this is a onetime window of opportunity.

Owner and a seasoned engineer, Andrew Sikes, wants Houstonians to know that ALS, Inc. specializes in surveying and engineering services to commercial and private properties. He wants to help property owners reduce the overwhelming task they face in trying to make sense of this new law. “We are committed to helping Houston business owners, with large impervious footprints, minimize their impact on the environment, while decreasing the amount they may owe to the city to cover this new drainage fee,” Sikes insists, “Although the City has done a magnificent job of creating a City wide impervious area determination, they have not been able to devote enough personnel or resources to individual property details. We can help many owners address their circumstances within the rules of the law.”

In addition to this announcement, ALS, Inc. wants Houston business owners to be aware that there is a 60 day grace period to file a protest and ALS, Inc. can provide the drainage data land owners need to justify the need for correction of fees. A qualification form for drainage fee relief is located on their website. http://HoustonDrainageFee.com.

“Because the new drainage fee is based on the impervious surface area on your property, some estimates were made by the city may be inaccurate.” Mr. Sikes adds, “Additionally, where the water drains—natural water shed or city-owned storm drains—also may not be correctly considered by the City. This translates to an increase in previous fee estimates of hundreds of dollars for some properties.”

There is more information regarding how ALS, Inc. can help on http://HoustonDrainageFee.com. .


Houston-based, Andrew Lonnie Sikes, Inc. (ALS, Inc.) has been offering land surveying, mapping, CAD and civil engineering services for over 34 years.

ALS, Inc. created HoustonDrainageFee.com as a way to reach out to those businesses and property owners to see how our expert team can help. Complete their drainage fee relief qualification form to see if you qualify for relief from the City of Houston Drainage Utility Charge. The evaluation is free and takes just a few minutes.


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