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HRG Guide to Stormwater Fees, Utilities, and Authorities

2016-08-26 12:11:38

Stormwater costs are on the rise due to increased regulation, aging infrastructure, and the increasing frequency of heavy storms. But existing tax revenue is already spread thin by other priorities. You need more revenue to address your stormwater needs, and a utility could be the answer.

To help local governments understand the process, Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. (HRG) has published a Guide to Stormwater Fees, Utilities, and Authorities.

Stormwater utilities provide a dedicated stream of funding that ensures you always have the money on hand to manage stormwater issues – without competing with other budgetary needs. They also allow you to collect money from everyone who uses the service: even tax-exempt properties like churches, hospitals, and universities.  And they are a more equitable source of funding than property taxes because you charge users according to their contribution to runoff and can offer credits to people who reduce their runoff with approved techniques.

Find out it a stormwater utility could be right for your community with our guide. In it, you’ll learnThe many advantages of forming a stormwater utility.

  • Answers to frequently asked questions about stormwater utilities.
  • How a dedicated revenue stream can make your grant applications more attractive to selection committees.
  • How to structure the ownership and responsibility for facilities between the municipality and an authority to ensure your interests are well-protected.
  • Tips on how to build public support for a stormwater fee.
  • The first steps in implementing a stormwater utility.
To download the guide, click here.

Originally founded in 1962, HRG has grown to be a nationally ranked Top 500 Design Firm, providing civil engineering, surveying and environmental services to public and private sector clients. The 200-person employee-owned firm currently has office locations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. For more information, please visit the website at