Why doesn’t the City use property tax revenue to cover these costs?

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: 

  1. 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).
  2. 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.

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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?