Why Stormwater Fees are Essential

Addressing Health & Safety

Federal, state, and local governments oversee a wide range of programs. The Stormwater Utility program addresses stormwater problems that affect the health, safety, and the welfare of the public due to poor water quality and flooding resulting from inadequate stormwater systems.

All too often, new construction is planned without proper consideration of drainage issues and demands. Therefore, it falls upon government to minimize the impact of flooding and to ensure safe access to all roadways - even during major storm events.

Ongoing Issues

In order to properly address ongoing issues related to stormwater runoff, it is essential that a municipality charge a Stormwater Fee to manage the cost of scheduled maintenance, rehabilitation, and replacement of existing and future-planned drainage infrastructure. The Stormwater Utility program generates fees needed to implement the level of service standards contained in the Village's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

It is also imperative that we manage the cost associated with upholding The Clean Water Act ( 33 U.S.C. §1251, et. seq.), whereas the basic goal is to restore and maintain the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of surface waters in accordance with Village Code of Ordinance No. 06-07.
Flooded Roadway