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2018 Storm Water Utility Information

Posted by Dan Porter at May 01, 2018 08:03 AM |

2017 Storm Water Utility & Rate Information

Beginning with May 2018 utility billing, residents may notice that utility rates have increased slightly. The table below outlines the Storm Water Utility Fee flat rates recently approved by City Council as part of the 2018 Adopted Budget.

Billing Item

2018 Rate

Residential Utility Fee $1.50 per month
Non-Residential Utility Fee $3.00 per month

Why is it necessary to create a storm water utility in Tonganoxie?

The City maintains a system of storm and surface water management facilities including, but not limited to, inlets, conduits, manholes, channels, ditches, drainage easements, City owned retention and detention basins, infiltration facilities, and other components across the City of Tonganoxie. The storm water system throughout the City requires regular maintenance and improvements to remain functional and ensure protection of property, and the 2018 Annual Budget approved by the City Council in August 2017 included newly identified levels of funding for the dedicated maintenance of storm water infrastructure.

How was the storm water utility created?

This policy direction resulted in the subsequent need for the creation of a storm water utility. To this end, the City Council approved City Charter Ordinance No. 28 on January 22, 2018, which was followed by publication of the Charter Ordinance for two consecutive weeks in the City’s official newspaper. The Charter Ordinance then went into effect 61 days after the final publication. At the City Council meeting on April 16, 2018 Ordinance No. 1437 created a new segment of City Code defining to the utility (Chapter XV, Article 7) and Resolution 04-18-04 outlined the respective monthly storm water fees for residential and non-residential properties, starting with the utility bill issued in May 2018.