How is the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee billed?

The City's Stormwater Drainage System Utility is modeled after the Stormwater User Fee Study adopted by City Council on April 25, 2022. This study used a combination of aerial images and Geographic Information System (GIS) technology to measure the amount of Impervious Surface Area (ISA) present on a randomly selected sample of 150 single family residential properties within the City. Based on the data from this sample, the average amount of ISA on single family residential parcels was determined to be approximately 4,500 square feet. The City is using this measurement as the basis for the billing unit of the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee (also known as the "Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU)").

User fee billed to Residential properties, per month:

Description Fee per month*
Service Area 1 fee per ERU$7.40 
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Service Area 1 fee per ERU – Utility Assistance Program $5.54 
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Service Area 2 fee per ERU$5.70
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Service Area 2 fee per ERU – Utility Assistance Program$4.04
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*For Single Family Residence only. All other Residential Property monthly fees are further defined in the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF).

User fee billed to Commercial properties, per month:

Description Fee per month*
Service Area 1 fee per ERU$7.40
Service Area 2 fee per ERU$5.70

*The total Impervious Surface Area (ISA) determines the number of Equivalent Residential Units (ERUs) billed per month. Commercial Property monthly fees are further defined in the Stormwater Drainage System Utility Fee Structure & Credit Policy (PDF).

For more information on the monthly user fees, please visit the User Fees page. 

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1. What is the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee?
2. How does this Stormwater Drainage System Utility benefit me?
3. Why is the City establishing a Stormwater Drainage System Utility now?
4. What will the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee be used for?
5. What is a "Service Area"?
6. When would I start getting billed for this Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee?
7. What does "Equivalent Residential Unit" mean?
8. What does "Impervious Surface Area" mean?
9. Why can’t we wait to collect these user fees?
10. What other funding is the City seeking to minimize the user fee?
11. How is the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee billed?
12. Why would I pay this user fee if all of my stormwater stays on my property?
13. The Orchards doesn’t have any stormwater pipes so why am I being charged this fee?
14. Is the sidewalk along my property included in the calculation of my user fee?
15. Is the Stormwater Drainage System Services user fee included in the Utility Assistance Program?
16. What happens if I don’t pay this user fee?
17. What projects are expected to be funded with user fees in the next five years?
18. Where can I view a complete list of Capital Improvement projects?
19. Would the City be charged this user fee too?
20. What do I do when a stormwater drain is plugged ?
21. When it storms, the stormwater causes a big puddle by my driveway or washes the gravel from the end of my driveway. What do I do?