What is Stormwater?
Water flowing over the land during & immediately following a rainstorm is called stormwater runoff. Stormwater runoff from agricultural landsthat are undergoing urban development causes significant problems for landowners in its path, for local governments, and the waterbodies which ultimately recieve it. As a result of stormwater, sediment fills drainage ditches & channels, causing flooding. The sediment fills rivers, lakes, & estuaries, destroying wildlife habitat, degrading water quality, & requiring extensive restoration. High stream velocity causes bank erosion (& more sedimentation downstream) & loss of valuable habitat & property. Areas that once seldom flooded now flood with regularity. Eroded sites must be regraded. Often, new soil must be brought in to replace the soil which has washed away. Sediment must be removed - at great cost - from culverts, storm sewers, & navigable waters to restore their capacity. In addition to sediments, stormwater carries nutrients, heavy metals, oils, greases, pathogens, & any other materials that accumulate on the land between rains.
Did You Know?
Did you know that a gallon of used oil can contaminate a million gallons of fresh water - a year's supply of water for 50 people.
Why charge a Utility Fee?
- The purpose of the new Stormwater Utility is to designate a formal program for controlling stormwater runoff, preventing polluted runoff from entering the City's water supply and other recieving waters.
- Designated Funding for Stormwater Improvement Provides: Dedicated Revenues, Sustainable Revenues.
- Use of Funds: Stormwater Operations, Drainage Maintenence, Capital Improvements.
What will the Stormwater Revenue be used for?
- Flood Protection and Stormwater Pollution Prevention
- Regulatory Compliance
- Capital Purchases
- Large Capital Improvement Areas
- Stormwater Utility Personnel
What will be the basis for the stormwater fee?
User Fee Assessment
- Each City of Bartow property owner will pay an annual stormwater utility fee.
- All City of Bartow properties are users.
- Fee is based on Runoff "Impervious" Area
- Equivalent Residential User (ERU) Basis
Based on Average Impervious area for a resedential lot.
- Impervious area developed from infared satellite photos.
Average Resedential Impervious Area: 2520 Square Feet per Lot.
Rate: $45 per year per ERU
Residential Property Fees:
- Single Family - $45.00
- Mobile Home - $33.75
Commercial/Industrial/Institutional/Multi-Unit Resedential Fees:
- $45.00 Per 2520 Sq. Ft. Impervious Area
- Up to 25 Acres - $11.25
- Up to 50 Acres - $22.50
- Over 50 Acres - $45.00
Are there fee credits?
Yes! If the property owner has a South West Florida Water Managment District (SWFWMD) Permitted Stormwater Control System.
- 100 yr 24 hr (Non-Discharge) - 75%
- 25 yr 24 hr (Discharge) - 25%