MONCKS CORNER -- Berkeley County Council killed a proposed stormwater fee tonight, even after Supervisor Dan Davis suggested cutting it by two-thirds.

"At the next meeting of council, I hope you have a resolution for DHEC," Davis said after the 6-2 vote. "Now we will probably face an enforcement action."

Davis had argued that the county needed to collect fees to comply with stricter federal clean-water regulations or face a fine from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control.

Critics had argued that the county could meet federal regulations without charging residents any more money. They also argued that it wasn't fair to pay for the program with fees that applied only to residents who live outside towns and cities.

The original ordinance called for a $36 fee for homeowners, $12 for mobile homes and apartments, $72 for nonprofits and $108 for businesses and industries.

The fee would only apply to residents who live outside towns and cities. They would have seen the new charge on tax bills next month.

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