New City Stormwater Management Fee for Residential and Business Property in the Works

The City of Alexandria is proposing a Stormwater Management Fee to provide funding for stormwater management, reduce the impact of stormwater pollution and flooding, and ensure Alexandria is in compliance with state and federal stormwater regulations.  The City has drafted a framework for the potential fee and the City Council will consider whether to move forward with this new fee in the course of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget process that starts early this year.
Currently, the City funds the Stormwater Management Program through a 0.5 cent Real Estate Tax rate dedication with additional General Fund contributions. Going forward, they are considering a fee based on the amount of impervious surface on a property.   The proposed fee structure for residential properties, such as condos, townhomes, and single family homes, would be billed using a tiered method.  Single family residential property owners would pay based on the type of property they own.  For all non-residential properties, such as commercial, industrial, apartments, non-profits, and religious properties, the proposed fee structure would be billed using a variable method.  This means that the fee would be individually calculated for each non-residential property.  There are approximately 5,000 non-residential properties in the City. The variable fee is based on a billing unit of 2,062 square feet.  The total impervious area on a property, such as a building footprint and parking lot, are calculated using GIS analysis.  The fee is proposed to be incorporated into the real estate bill.  The PowerPoint presentation provides more detail on the fee proposal.