The City of Houston voters approved Proposition One on November 2, 2010. The proposition directed the City’s Charter to “be amended to provide for the enhancement, improvement and ongoing renewal of Houston’s drainage and streets by creating a Dedicated Pay-As-You-Go Fund for Drainage and Streets.”
The City created the ReBuild Houston initiative as a campaign to collect funds for this purpose, and one revenue stream created was the “drainage utility charge,” paid by private property owners, calculated based on the amount of impervious cover on their property.
Working for a Houston-based planning firm on behalf of a private industrial client, Ms. Donatto (now a partner at Anthem, LLC) acted as Project Manager on a successful appeal to the City of Houston for the amount of fee charged due to a miscalculation of impervious cover. Ms. Donatto prepared and presented information to the appeals committee resulting in a net savings of over $75,000 per year in fees for the Client.