Question 2. Why do we need a Stormwater Utility?

Answer 2. The primary purpose is to make sure all residents and businesses of York County have a safe and healthy environment.  Our goal is to make sure the county’s rivers and streams are clean and healthy and during rain events, properties do not flood.  To achieve this goal, the County has to proactively inspect, repair, and replace stormwater pipes, culverts, drainage swales, and ditches.  If the County waits until something fails, the damage is much more severe and the cost to fix the failure is much higher.image003image001

A stormwater utility furthers the goal by:

  • Enabling the County to comply with NPDES/MS4 permitting requirements,
  • Generating immediate capital improvements due to bonding authority, 
  • Allowing for long-term solutions to stormwater issues with a designated revenue source.
  • The formation of a stormwater utility requires time and resources, but the benefits of an established utility will outweigh required efforts.

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1. Question 1. What is a stormwater utility?
2. Question 2. Why do we need a Stormwater Utility?
3. Question 3. What is the concern about stormwater quality?
4. Question 4. How is stormwater affected by increased pollutants?
5. Question 5. What is an impervious surface?
6. Question 6. What are some examples of drainage problems?
7. Question 7. Why do we need to spend more for stormwater?
8. Question 8. How is stormwater affected by increased runoff?
9. Question 9. Doesn't stormwater runoff go into the sanitary sewer?
10. Question 10. How do we establish the user fees?
11. Question 11. What is an ERU?
12. Question 12. Do tax exempt properties have to contribute?
13. Question 13. Are there any properties that are excluded from this fee?
14. Question 14. My property is not connected to the County's drainage system. Why should I have to pay?
15. Question 15. Why do I have to pay when I do not have any drainage problems?
16. Question 16. Do I have to pay for any unoccupied developed properties that I own?
17. Question 17. I am a renter; do I pay the fee or does my landlord?
18. Question 18. What services are funded by money collected from the Stormwater Utility fee?
19. Question 19. Will the stormwater user fee be offset by a reduction in the tax collected for the general fund?
20. Question 20. How are stormwater and runoff “managed”?
21. Question 21. Can I deduct the storm water fee on my taxes?
22. Question 22. How do I report a stormwater problem (drainage, flooding, pollution, etc.) or to ask questions about the Stormwater Utility?