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Churches should not have to pay stormwater fees [Letter]

In response to your paper's recent article about churches paying stormwater fees, I would point out that churches provide heavily discounted space for community groups and that many house affordable kindergarten and nursery school programs and provide food and shelter for at-risk populations — all this on top of Sunday morning services ("Congregations, nonprofits work to address stormwater pollution," Feb. 17).

These are in-kind contributions to our communities that we already are struggling to provide due to rising utility and building maintenance costs for these historic structures. Perhaps we should send the city a bill for the services that weave together the social fabric of our neighborhoods. Even with thousands of dollars in stormwater fees to pay, I think we'd still come out ahead.

Jane Page

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