Public Works

STORM Drainage Utility Fee on Water/Sewer Bills

Effective August 16, 2003, a Storm Drainage Utility Fee was implemented in response to increased environmental requirements for storm water discharge, which has increased the City’s maintenance and construction costs.  Previously, the storm drain system operation did not have a dedicated budget and was paid for with street and sewer funds. The City Council created a new Storm Drainage Utility Fee to address this increasing need. If the Storm Drainage Utility Fee had not been created, other utility rates would have experienced an increase to reflect the rise in overall operating costs associated with maintaining the City’s storm drainage system.

The fees for the new Storm Drainage Utility are based on projected costs of operation, maintenance, and capital improvements. Residential rates are based on an average amount of impervious (hard) surface for a typical lot and home.  This average amount was calculated to be 2,500-square feet and is equal to one equivalent dwelling unit, or EDU. Commercial rates are based on the number of EDUs for each business and are determined by taking the approximate total area (square feet) of impervious surface and dividing by 2,500.

Facts:

  • New, mandated rules and regulations have caused the overall costs of maintenance and operations to increase.
  • Storm water system maintenance has been paid with street and sewer funds in the past.
  • If the Storm Drainage Utility Fee had not been created, other utility fees would have been increased to compensate for the increased costs.
  • Residential rates are based on an average amount of impervious surface per lot and home.
  • Business rates are based on each location’s EDUs.
  • Per Resolution No. 1555, effective December 15, 2010, the Storm Drainage Utility Fee has been set at $8.35 per month per equivalent residential unit.  (For those of you in single family dwellings, this is equal to $16.70 per two month billing cycle.  The code on your bill will say “STORM”.)

Although the Storm Drainage Utility Fee is a new fee (established in 2003) designated specifically for the storm drainage system maintenance and improvements, other City funds have been paying for the operation of the existing system.

If you require further explanation, please contact the City at (503) 397-6272.