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File #: AR-17-123    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agenda Reports Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 2/9/2017 In control: City Council
On agenda: 9/11/2017 Final action:
Title: Stormwater Revised Rate Model Presented by: Stephen Graham, Senior Business Analyst
Attachments: 1. SCOW Rec - Stormwater Rates Model and Implementation Plan, 2. 2017 Rates - Stormwater Revised Rate Model Tables

Stormwater Revised Rate Model
Presented by: Stephen Graham, Senior Business Analyst


That Administration develop a proposal for a stormwater rate system based on an impervious surface factor, complete with an implementation and communication plan by Q2 2018, and that the final proposal include a recommendation and possible alternatives for addressing outlier properties, competiveness issues that may arise, and include an alternative for a phased implementation in 2 to 3 years.



This report is a continuation of an ongoing investigation into the development of a new rate setting model for the Stormwater utility. In October, 2016, Administration requested from Council to continue working on this project with the goal of incorporating an imperviousness factor into the stormwater rate calculation. This report outlines those efforts, the related analysis and recommendations for the future of this project.


On October 17, 2016 Council passed the following motions:
That the unused portion (approximately $8,000) of the previously approved project budget (of $15,000) for the Storm Water Rate Model Implementation Plan be allocated to the investigation of alternatives to the currently proposed stormwater rate model, with the objective of incorporating an impermeable surfaces factor into the solution, and that an additional $40,000 be allocated from the stormwater reserve to fund the hiring of a term Senior Analyst position.


The origin of this project dates back to 2014 and early 2015 when some comments were received from residential utility rate payers questioning the fairness of the stormwater utility rates. At around the same time an information request on this same subject was received from a Council member. Administration began to investigate.

The City currently uses a flat rate system to recover all of the operating and c...

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