How does the City currently pay for its stormwater services?

Stormwater services are primarily funded from revenue derived from property taxes collected by the City, which are held in the City’s General Fund. As such, stormwater must compete for these funds with other City services such as parks, roads, fire, police, etc. Most stormwater related work is performed by either the Public Works or the Engineering departments.

Although the city has done a good job managing the existing program on a limited budget, the backlog of stormwater projects to address significant flooding issues in the City has grown and the new, federally mandated water quality programs that must be implemented have strained existing resources. Due to the high demand on the General Fund over the past several years, the City is not currently able to set aside enough funds to adequately address all the City’s stormwater needs.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. What is stormwater pollution?
3. Why is stormwater runoff a problem?
4. Why do we need to manage our stormwater runoff?
5. What is the city doing about stormwater runoff problems?
6. Who owns the stormwater system?
7. How does the City currently pay for its stormwater services?
8. Why has the City chosen to implement a separate fee for stormwater management?
9. What is the City’s responsibility for stormwater?
10. How did the City of Gallatin develop its stormwater utility program?
11. What is the basis for the fee that is charged?
12. What is impervious surface area?
13. Why do I have to pay a stormwater fee?
14. When will the stormwater fee take effect?
15. Why is there a stormwater fee instead of a tax?
16. Are tax-exempt properties also exempt from the stormwater fee?
17. What is a Single Family Unit (SFU)?
18. How will single-family residential properties be billed?
19. How will non-single residential properties (such as duplexes, apartments, condos, etc.) be billed?
20. How are non-residential property fees determined and billed?
21. Is there anything I can do to reduce my fee?
22. What will the money collected by the Stormwater Utility be used to pay for?
23. Do other cities have a stormwater fee?
24. What are the goals of the City of Gallatin’s stormwater program?
25. What are some examples of drainage problems?
26. Why do I have to pay when I do not have any drainage problems?
27. I have a drainage problem in my yard. Who do I call to get help with this problem?
28. Where can I get more information regarding the stormwater utility fee?