Question 10. How do we establish the user fees?

Answer 10. Currently any storm water expenditure is paid for through the County’s general fund property taxes.  In place of this we will be implementing a user fee.  This will be collected as an annual fee from all residences, businesses, and organizations in York County. These will include residential, commercial and industrial properties, non-profit organizations, federal, state and county owned properties, and schools. Since we all benefit from a storm water system and all properties create stormwater runoff, a user fee is an equitable solution for everyone. User fees are established by calculating the impervious area of each property. Impervious surface area measurements are converted to an ERU and then assessed an annual fee per ERU. For York County, one ERU equals 3,200 square feet of impervious coverage, which is what an average home (building footprint, driveway, garages, etc.) has for impervious coverage.

Below is an example of the annual revenue you could receive from your stormwater utility fees.  The current goal is to charge a lower amount the 1st year so it will not impact your budget too much but still provide enough to start funding some critical initial projects.  Amounts will increase over the next 3 years until the approved fee schedule is obtained. 


Residence ERU

Businesses, Organizations ERU

Year 1



Year 2


25% of I.S. *

Year 3


50% of I.S. *

Year 4


100% of the I.S. *


                                                                                        *I. S. equals Impervious Surface

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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?