What is the concern about storm water quality?

A major storm water quality concern is "non-point source pollution". As the name implies, non-point source pollution comes from numerous locations and is carried through runoff. The types of pollutants include toxins, metals, oils, nutrients, and fecal coliform bacteria from septic systems, leaking sanitary sewers, farm animals, and pets. These directly impact water quality and now represent a large percentage of the pollution picture. Street sweeping, elimination of septic flows and leaking sanitary sewers, and increased cleaning of storm drains can control these pollutants.

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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?