To ensure adequate funding for infrastructure improvements and maintenance of the City's storm sewer system, Grand Rapids City Council has approved an increase to the Stormwater Utility rate. Starting July 1, 2017 the new rates will be as follows:
Single Family- $6.75 / ea
Multi-Family- $24.67 / ac
Commercial- $37.79 / ac
Industrial- $37.79 / ac
Institutional- $33.51 / ac
The fee raises approximately $700 thousand annually and is spent on stormwater related expenses. Some of these items include; treatment pond construction, new drainage systems, equipment and storm sewer repairs. It also pays for annual stormwater operations like street sweeping, pond maintenance, administration and construction inspections.
User fees represent a fee for service provided and are community used to fund public works programs. The stormwater fee applies to all property, taxable and non-taxable. If stormwater costs were only funded by property tax paying parcels, City taxes would increase. Applying a fee to all properties is the most reasonable and equitable way to collect the necessary revenue. Whether you consider it a tax or a fee, it is a cost dedicated for stormwater treatment, which benefits the community.
Polluted stormwater runoff is the major cause of water pollution. When water is polluted, we all pay one way or another. Flooding, erosion and pollution impact food prices, drinking water, insurance rates, tourism, and many other areas of our lives. Ultimately, safe and clean conveyance of stormwater eventually entering our lakes, rivers and streams is the goal we strive to achieve.
Thank you for understanding the importance of the Stormwater Utility. If you have any questions please contact:
Steve Anderson, Stormwater Specialist
Phone: (218) 326-7627