Survey #2: Flood Management and Water Quality Funding Study

This survey is intended to assess your priorities for how Stormwater Utility fees may be used.

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Proposed Rates

This survey will report to the City Council Committee our residents’ opinions on the proposed rates needed to establish a Stormwater Utility for proactive management of flooding and water quality issues. In order to raise the annual $4.5 million necessary, the following ranges of average rates would apply to property owners with under 8,000 square feet of impervious area on their lot. While these rates would be applicable to all customers, a typical example residence is noted for each tier. The study recommended fees as follows:

Proposed Fee Schedule: Tiers 1 - 5

Residential rates 01
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Upper Tier Rates

The highest level of fees is for all properties with over 8,000 square feet of hard surface. While the majority of these will be commercial/industrial properties, some of the largest residential properties will fall into this tier, as well. The fees for these properties are proposed to be calculated at $1.85 per 1,000 square feet of hard surface. As an example: for a business that has a 10,000 square-foot building and 5,000 square feet of parking lots, driveways and sidewalks, for a total of 15,000 square feet of hard surface area, the fees would be $27.75 per month (15,000/1,000 x $1.85). Examples of these types of properties include: • A stand-alone fast-food restaurant (36,000 square feet of hard surface): $67 per month • A Big Box retailer/commercial center (3000,000 – 750,000 square feet of hard surface): $555 to $1,388 per month • A two- to three-story apartment complex with 540 bedrooms, 310 units (4500,000 square feet of hard surface): $832 per month • An industrial facility (780,000 square feet of hard surface): $1,443 per month

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