What is a stormwater utility?

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.

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1. What is a stormwater utility?
2. Why is a stormwater utility needed?
3. How was the current rate structure developed?
4. What are the current stormwater monthly rates and fees?
5. How will I be billed?
6. Why is the Northwest Area Developed rate higher than the Urban rate?
7. How are rates approved?
8. Why doesn’t the City use property tax revenue to cover these costs?
9. How does the fee structure address properties that retain most, or all, of the stormwater runoff they generate?
10. What happens to existing stormwater Special Tax District levies?
11. Are all of the various stormwater management features in the Northwest Area required, or are they unnecessary enhancements being forced on developers by the City?
12. Charging ISD 199 property and City-owned property the stormwater Utility Fee is an extra cost to taxpayers. Why was this action taken?
13. How are fees collected, and how is fund use tracked?
14. What are the benefits to my property of paying a stormwater fee? Why am I required to pay it?
15. Who can I call with questions about stormwater?
16. Can I get a printable version of these FAQs?