What is the Storm Water Utility?
The storm water utility fee is charged against all developed parcels within the City based on the premise of “contributors pay.” Where land is in a natural state, most rain soaks into the ground or is retained in small depressions. Where development has been prevalent, rooftops, driveways, and parking lots prevent rainfall from soaking into the ground. The rain runs off into streets, ditches, ponds and lakes, creating the need for drainage systems and to protect the quality of our water resources. Developed parcels with water and/or sewer utility service pay this fee monthly; developed parcels without water and/or sewer service pay this fee annually.
How Does the Utility Benefit the Community?
The storm water utility benefits the community by providing a dedicated fund for storm water management activities. Benefits associated with storm water management include:
- Flood protection
- Water quality improvements
- Wetland protection
- Erosion and sediment control
- Drainage system construction and maintenance
- Community education
- Improved fish, wildlife, and recreational opportunities
Why is the Utility Fee Increasing?
When the Utility Fund was created in 2006, the City’s storm water infrastructure was relatively undeveloped. The 2016 rate increase is necessary to properly maintain the current system, continue infrastructure development, and address new state and federal pollution and environment related mandates. The new rates will take effect with February bills, which are for the January time period.
How Much is the Utility Fee Increasing?