Prior to the development of a stormwater utility, the City paid for stormwater improvements exclusively via property tax revenue. The establishment of the stormwater utility, and the associated fee structure, address two key areas regarding fee equity:
- It includes tax-exempt properties in the generation of revenue for operation and maintenance of the system, which benefits all properties (not just taxable properties).
- It provides diversification of the means of paying for mandated stormwater requirements in the event the State Legislature invokes tax levy limits in the future. An established utility would not be affected by such a legislative action.