CHAPTER 23C. UTILITY SERVICES.
Article V. Storm Drainage Services.
Sec. 23C-5-1. Storm drainage services.
(a) Charges Established by Ordinance. Storm drainage fees are hereby
established for the acquisition, construction, reconstruction, operation,
maintenance and repair of the city's storm drainage facilities, in the amounts
set forth below. The city council finds that the amount of each fee set forth
below is reasonable, fair and equitable and that, in fixing such fees, it has
taken into account, among other things, the relative burdens placed on the
system and the benefits received therefrom. Those land areas which have run-off
characteristics that significantly differ from those established under the
following categories will be reviewed on a case by case basis and assigned
assessment units (AU) by the director of public works.
(1) Category 1. This
category includes single-family residential and small multifamily residential
properties up to four units. Each unit in this category is charged the same flat
fee of forty-eight cents per month.
(2) Category 2. This category includes
multifamily units with more than four units. A monthly flat fee of twenty-six
cents per unit is assessed against all units within a complex, except the first
four units which are assessed forty-eight cents each. This is done to minimize
unfair assessments between fourplex units and small apartment complexes. A per
unit fee can be calculated by distributing the total cost for the entire complex
to each unit.
(3) Category 3. This category includes all commercial and
industrial properties, hospitals and churches. Each property will be assessed
three dollars and seventy-seven cents per acre.
(4) Category 4. This
category includes public schools. Each property will be assessed two dollars and
ninety-six cents per acre.
(5) Category 5. This category includes open
space, undeveloped land and agriculture. These properties will not be charged a
user fee since storm runoff is expected to be minimal for these classes of land
(b) Limited Use of Revenues. The revenues raised by payment of the
storm drainage services and facilities fees shall be used solely for the
acquisition, construction, reconstruction, operation, maintenance and repair of
storm drainage facilities. (Ord. No. 1242, § 2.)