What is a stormwater fee?

The federal Clean Water Act mandates that cities must comply with stormwater regulations; however, funds are not provided to these subject municipalities for the required stormwater management. Therefore, stormwater fees are one method municipalities can choose to raise funds to oversee these mandated requirements. Cities can levy fees based on a variety of standards, but one of the most common methods is to base them on the amount of impervious surfaces (surfaces like concrete and roofs, where water can't seep into the ground) on a property. In these cases, property owners with more impervious surfaces pay more than those with less impervious surfaces.

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1. What is a stormwater fee?
2. How does this benefit the average taxpayer?
3. How long has there been a stormwater fee?
4. Why is the fee based on Hard Surface Area?
5. Why do we have a stormwater fee?