Why is there a Stormwater User Fee?
Just like our drinking water, sewer, and gas utilities, stormwater has pipes, ponds, and channels that must be maintained to prevent flooding and pollution problems. This system is costly to operate and maintain, and is facing stronger regulatory requirements from the EPA. Like sewer utilities, a stormwater user fee charges residents, industry, and businesses by an estimate of how much runoff leaves the property. Since the amount of runoff correlates to how developed the property is, many communities base their fees on the property’s amount of ‘impervious area’, such as roof tops, parking lots, etc, which prevents rainwater from soaking into the ground.