A stormwater utility is a service similar to water and sanitary sewer utilities. A fee to fund the service is charged to property owners. Similar to a sanitary sewer utility, the fee is based on the amount that each property utilizes the service. In the case of stormwater, it is based on the amount of stormwater runoff generated by each property. For example, a parking lot creates more stormwater runoff than a grassy area of the same size. Therefore, the parking lot owner would pay a higher stormwater utility rate. In this way, property owners in the City pay for the management of stormwater in proportion to the amount of stormwater runoff they contribute to the system.