In 1999, City Council established a
Stormwater Utility Fund supported by an assessment for the typical residential property. The charge
to large, multi-unit properties, as well as commercial and
industrial properties, is based on the size of each
property. It is also based on the amount of impervious
area that does not absorb runoff, including asphalt and
concrete areas, as well as structures.
residential rate is $36 per year.
generates more than $2-million per year for projects to prevent
localized flooding and to address environmental issues
related to stormwater runoff as mandated by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National
Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Phase II Program (NPDES).
received its initial NPDES Permit July 16, 2003,
for 5 years. The permit established strategies for
reducing pollutants in the City’s stormwater runoff and
for improving water quality. The City is currently in
the third cycle of the permit, valid until 2018.