Homeowners feel they should not have to pay the fee since they won't benefit from the services and they took their battle to city hall. Tuesday afternoon, the Clear Lake Super Neighborhood Council said that Houston Mayor Annise Parker determined property owners in Clear Lake City should be exempt from the fee. They say that Clear Lake residents do not need to return the protest form in order to receive the exemption.
However, the council adds that the mayor said the Clear Lake City Water Authority is not exempt from the fee, which could still result in Clear Lake taxpayers indirectly paying the drainage fee. The group plans to continue to push Houston's city council for further clarification of the issue.