City of Charlottesville Press Release
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA -- In February 2013, Charlottesville City Council approved an ordinance establishing a Stormwater Utility Fee to provide a dedicated and stable source of funding for the Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP). The Stormwater Utility became effective in January 2014. The fee will be billed for the first time on April 28, 2014, concurrent with real estate tax bills.
The Stormwater Utility Fee is a fee for services based on a calculation of the amount of impervious area on every eligible parcel of improved real property in the City regardless of tax status. Impervious area is defined as area covered by hard surfaces such as structures, paving, compacted gravel, concrete, or other man-made features that prevent, restrict, or impede the downward passage of stormwater into the underlying soil. The fee will provide a source of dedicated revenue to fund stormwater management activities that address increasingly stringent stormwater regulations, an aging and deteriorating stormwater system, a backlog of drainage and flooding problems, and decades of water resources degradation.
To determine the cost to property owners, each parcel is charged in 500 square foot (SF) increments of impervious area, referred to as billing units (BU). The total impervious area for the parcel is then divided by 500 and rounded up to the next whole unit to determine the number of BUs. The Stormwater Utility Fee is calculated by multiplying the number of BUs by the utility rate adopted by City Council ($1.20 per billing unit per month). There is no fee for parcels determined to have less than 300 square feet of impervious area.
For taxable parcels, the Stormwater Utility Fee will be charged to the owner of each parcel in two equal halves, twice a year, and combined with the real estate tax bill.
For tax exempt parcels, the Stormwater Utility Fee bill will be charged in two equal halves, twice a year, and sent to the owner of the parcel at the same time that real estate tax bills are sent.
Additional information about the fee will be included in the April 28 billing.
More information about the Stormwater Utility Fee and the WRPP can be found at the Water Resources Protection Program Website: www.charlottesville.org/wrpp
For questions about Stormwater Utility Fee billing contact the City Treasurer's Office at (434) 970-3146 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about the Stormwater Utility and the Water Resources Protection Program contact the Stormwater Utility Administrator at (434) 970-3864 or email@example.com