How are Commercial properties charged?

The ERU is a billing unit defined by ordinance as an impervious surface with a measurement of 2,788 sq. ft. Commercial parcels with the Utility’s service area (non-flat rate parcels) were individually measured using GIS/aerial photography to determine the extent of each parcel’s impervious area, which was converted to ERUs by dividing by 2,788 sq ft/ERU.  As an example, a large apartment complex with retail that measures 27,880 sq. ft. of imperious area will be divided by 2,788 sq. ft./ERU for a total of 10 ERU’s. In turn, each ERU is billed at $3.75 for a total monthly cost of $37.50.

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1. What is Stormwater?
2. What is meant by the “Stormwater System?”
3. Why are we being charged for Stormwater?
4. Will all properties have to pay the fee?
5. Why do I participate in the Stormwater Program if my subdivision is built-out and has an adequate storm sewer system already?
6. Are developers responsible for managing Stormwater on new development?
7. Does this mean the City will take care of the drainage in my yard?
8. How will this fee be billed?
9. How much will I have to pay?
10. How are Commercial properties charged?
11. We maintain a private system and pay maintenance on surface water license to the County, why do we have to pay a separate City municipal Stormwater Fee?
12. What benefits are associated with a Stormwater utility?