A Stormwater Utility is a special entity set up to provide funding that is used specifically for stormwater management. It is a dedicated service unit within the City government which provides revenues through fees for service (or user fees). With a Stormwater Utility, users of the stormwater system pay for stormwater management in direct relation to the demand placed on the stormwater system by their parcel of land, not the taxable value of the parcel. The City of Dade City is committed to protecting the community and its waterways through sound planning, construction, repair, and improvement of drainage and flood control systems. A Stormwater Utility makes this goal a reality, as well as allows the City to meet state and federally‐mandated regulations for discharging stormwater.
Stormwater Utility Goals
- Fund a Stormwater Management Program to comply with State and Federal Regulations
- Effectively operate and maintain piping, pumps, ditches, culverts, inlets and other stormwater infrastructure
- Provide funding for capital projects to improve the city’s level of service for flooding and water quality discharges
- The stormwater rate is based on the average amount of impervious surface on a single family residence. This is defined as an “Equivalent Residential Unit” or ERU.
- For a single family residence, the fee is a flat rate of one ERU equal to $45.
The complete Ordinance outlining the Stormwater Utility may be found here.
- Railroads –Rails, ties, and ballast are exempt from the fee. However, railroad stations, maintenance buildings, or other developed land would not be exempt.
- Public Roads including Federal, State, County, and City.
- Open water
Credits are available for properties that enhance detention or retention of stormwater runoff. A maximum of 85% of the fee can be reduced by credits.
The process for applying is outlined in the Policy and Procedures Manual. The following is required to submit for a credit:
- Engineering analysis required
- Maintenance agreement on stormwater system
- Right of entry to inspect
- Credit renewal every two years