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The stormwater utility fee is the annual fee that goes toward the cost of maintaining and upgrading the City's stormwater drainage infrastructure, and operating a comprehensive and proactive stormwater management program that fully complies with EPA mandates.
The fee will be used to cover the follow stormwater-related expenditures:
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The EPA issued new stormwater permits that require communities to address water pollution caused by stormwater runoff. In addition to meeting the City's current stormwater needs, the Stormwater Utility Fund, adopted in 2010, provides the City with necessary resources to fully address unfunded federal and state regulatory requirements.
Previously the City dealt with stormwater management on a reactive, as-needed basis. The age, size, and condition of the City's stormwater infrastructure demands a consistent, proactive approach. To do that, the City must join all other major cities and counties in South Carolina in adopting a stormwater utility fee. Spartanburg County adopted a stormwater property tax charge in 2005, which will now be removed from the property tax bill for City properties.
The Stormwater Utility Fund covers the cost of our mandated stormwater management program, funds drainage improvement projects that alleviate flooding problems, and protects streams from erosion and sedimentation.
A customer must submit an appeal form, and may provide additional information for their property, including a stamped survey or approved (stamped) site plan showing all impervious surfaces in addition to property boundaries. An appeal form can be downloaded from the City's website, or obtained by calling 864-596-3690. City staff will review the appeal (along with all supporting documentation), and respond to the appeal within thirty (30) days.
Stormwater is a term for what becomes of rain after it falls onto our rooftops, driveways, sidewalks, and other impervious surfaces that prevent the rain from naturally soaking into the ground. Stormwater runoff is a significant public concern, because if it is not properly controlled, it can cause serious damage to our properties and environment. Local governments maintain systems of ditches, pipes, tunnels, culverts, and basins to enable stormwater to reach creeks and streams without damaging homes, businesses, and other infrastructure.
Impervious is a term used to describe a surface that does not absorb runoff. Examples of impervious surfaces include roofs of buildings and asphalt or concrete (such as driveways or parking lots). Governments typically use the amount of impervious surface on each property as the basis for the fee calculations because it is the most accurate, readily available indicator of the impact each property has on the stormwater system.
The City employed qualified engineering consultants to compute all impervious surfaces for each non-residential property located in the City limits. The firm utilized Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis of aerial photography, along with other public records, to identify and measure the amount of impervious area for each parcel.
Appeals will be reviewed within thirty (30) days of the receipt of the appeal form along with all supporting documents. Customers will be notified by mail of the outcome of the appeal.
The City of Spartanburg has a number of programs that specifically target the problems associated with stormwater, including: