Why do we need a storm water utility?

There are two main reasons. First, additional revenue is needed for storm water operations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring Monroe, and over 400 other municipalities (i.e. counties, cities, townships, colleges, prisons, Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)) in Ohio, to improve storm water operations to prevent pollution and improve storm water quality as part of the "National Pollution Discharge Elimination System." Second, dedicated revenue is needed to maintain and improve the storm sewer system.

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1. What is a storm water utility?
2. Why do we need a storm water utility?
3. What is the concern about storm water quality?
4. What is the service charge based on?
5. How much is the storm water utility charge?
6. What is an impervious surface?
7. Is this a one-time charge?
8. How is property measured?
9. Who has to pay?
10. Is there a review process for the assessed service charge?
11. How much money will this service fee raise for the Storm Water Utility?
12. Why are churches and schools being billed?
13. Can I deduct the storm water fee on my taxes?
14. How will I be billed?
15. Is it possible to have my fee reduced?
16. I have installed detention basins on my property. Shouldn't this be reflected in a reduced fee?
17. How can you impose this fee without a vote?
18. What happens if I don't pay?
19. Where does the money go?
20. Isn't there already a fund for storm water?
21. Why not add this to my property taxes?
22. Is this money going to take care of the drainage problems created by new development?
23. I am a renter; do I pay the fee or does my landlord?
24. The City required me to build all these extra parking spaces. Why should I have to pay a service charge for them now?
25. My business is not connected to the City's drainage system. Why should I have to pay?
26. Has this program been used anywhere else?
27. How can I be sure this fee won't pay for other City projects?
28. I have a storm drainage problem, what shall I do?