The city council hopes to pass the proposed ordinance on May 27. both days. Staff will be available for one on one talks with property owners. If approved, the program becomes effective June 1 and stormwater charges begin accruing.
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Single family Omega Seamaster Black And Red residences and duplex parcels will be counted as one ERU. Fees for residential parcels larger than duplexes and non residential parcels will be determined from the use of aerial photography to calculate actual land surface and impervious surface area to assign the amount of ERU's for each parcel. An appeals process will be available for non residential property owners to context the stormwater user charge.
Mayor Dave Sakrison added that the city "can't just come up with this amount of money without a mechanism," which the stormwater management utility will provide.
an estimated annual revenue of $158,000, city officials said.
Fees will be included on the city's regular monthly utility bill as a separate line item. All fees collected will be deposited in a stormwater utility enterprise fund which can not be commingled with or transferred to other city funds.
Manager Donna Metzler said that this form of management utility is quite common and that she studied the plans of several other communities. "We tailored it by taking the best from other documents," she said. "Moab is in an unusual situation because we have no city property tax and we're proud of that but it means we can't build up funds through general obligation bonds."
The Moab City Council on Tuesday unanimously endorsed a plan to create a stormwater management utility that will provide the city with a mechanism to fund and support the management of stormwater drainage systems within the city limits. Although the council has approved the plan it must still pass an ordinance to create the utility and establish a system of rates associated with it.
The ordinance would set rates based on an equivalent rate unit (ERU) of 3,000 square feet of impervious surface area and establish the number of ERU's for each commercial and multi family residential parcel located within city limits. The proposed fee of $2/ERU would generate Omega Speedmaster 2007
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Councilmember Rob Sweeten said that stormwater drainage was a major issue both last and this year. He is working with the Grand County Council to gain cooperation and help with the matter since much of the stormwater that ends up in the city system comes off county lands. "The entire council [has] been very conservative about raising any fees but this issue has gotten just too much to swallow," Sweeten said.
City proposes stormwater drainage fees
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