Why do I have to pay a stormwater utility fee?

The Athens-Clarke County Mayor and Commission voted to create a stormwater utility fee in December 2004. The utility fee raises the revenues needed to fund Athens-Clarke's Stormwater Management Program. This program brings us into compliance with federal regulations and safeguards our community through improved drainage and protection of local waterways. The stormwater utility fee charges properties in Athens-Clarke County based on that property's contribution to the need for stormwater management. The utility uses the amount of impervious surface, or surface that water is unable to soak into, on a property as the primary basis for the fee. This user-fee system represents a way to raise revenue for the program by charging those who directly contribute to its need. This method presents our community with an alternative to an across-the-board tax hike.

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1. What is stormwater and why does it need to be managed?
2. Why do I have to pay a stormwater utility fee?
3. What services are funded by money collected from the stormwater utility fee?
4. Who pays the fee?
5. How is the stormwater utility fee different from a tax?
6. Why isn't the stormwater utility fee just included on my monthly water bill?
7. I think my bill may be calculated too high, what should I do?
8. Do other cities have stormwater user fees?
9. Is gravel considered impervious surface?
10. What happens to my stormwater utility bill when I am no longer the property owner?
11. How can I apply for a utility fee credit?
12. Can I reduce my fee by controlling the runoff from my property?
13. My property has terrible drainage problems. Will the utility fee pay for drainage improvements on my property?
14. I saw someone dump something into a stormdrain. Who do I call?
15. How do I get a rain barrel?