Why is the Northwest Area Developed rate higher than the Urban rate?

Due to the topographical challenges associated with development in the Northwest Area (NWA), this area has been developed in a manner to fully retain and infiltrate stormwater into the ground, as opposed to routing the stormwater to the Minnesota or Mississippi Rivers, which is more typical of the other “urban” areas of development in Inver Grove Heights.  This type of development requires the use of “low-impact” design methods to reduce the potential for flooding while still treating stormwater for certain types of surface-level contaminants before infiltrating back into the ground.  These design methods require a higher level of maintenance over their lifespan, and as such, require a higher amount of revenue to maintain.  Undeveloped properties are treated as "rural" classification properties, but upon development, these properties are charged the NWA rate.

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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?