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FAQs - Fayette County Government

FAQs - Fayette County Government

FAQs - Fayette County

The Fayette County Board of Commissioners formed a stormwater utility on January 1, 2012 to fund and carry out a stormwater management program. For more detailed information please refer to the Fayette County Stormwater Feasibility Study. Questions and answers are presented below to help answer inquiries from property owners. How does a stormwater program benefit me? The Fayette County Stormwater Management Department assists county residents with floodplain management; stormwater infrastructure, permitting, and erosion, sedimentation and pollution control questions and provide enforcement of water ordinances that protect our watersheds. The department also reviews development plans to ensure that drainage from development does not negatively impact existing property owners and meets all applicable local ordinances. Hasn’t Fayette County been performing stormwater management all this time? Yes, a complaint driven program has always been in place in Fayette County. But with a lot of the stormwater infrastructure reaching the end of itslife span (25 years for corrugated metal 45 40 pipe) and increased state and federal mandates, the BOC saw 35 the need to establish a utility funded equitably by those placing 30 a demand on the system. 25 What is a Stormwater Utility? A stormwater utility is financial organization whose sole 15 15 purpose is to manage and fund a local government stormwater 10 10 program and to provide stormwater management services to 5 5 customers. Each user of the system is charged a user fee and services are provided to the utility customers. User fees are based upon the amount of impervious surfaces developed on 0 0 each property such as rooftops and driveways. This funding is dedicated exclusively to stormwater management. Why do we need a Stormwater Utility? Or Why is a Stormwater Utility the Best Solution? There are no dedicated federal funds available for a stormwater compliance programs (NPDES) that is required by Clean Water Act. Local communities are 100% financially responsible for meeting stormwater permit compliance. The Board of Commissioners examined funding the necessary stormwater management program by increasing property taxes or by charging a user fee. The amount of money collected through property taxes is currently insufficient to fund this program now nor is it always dedicated for stormwater. Plus more federal and state mandates for program compliance are expected. 20 Greater than 25 yrs old Charging a user fee based on the amount of runoff a property generates is common in the US. There are over 800 utilities nationwide and about 60 operating in Georgia. Isn’t the Stormwater Utility just another tax? Although a stormwater utility user fee is an additional cost, it is not a tax. All developed properties within unincorporated Fayette County including churches, schools, and county facilities will be assessed a stormwater fee because they generate stormwater runoff and receive stormwater services. Also, increasing property taxes unfairly burdens the residents in Peachtree City and Fayetteville who already pay user fees to their own Stormwater Utilities. What is the money raised by stormwater fees going to be used for? The money from the stormwater fees will be used to pay for the cost the county incurs in operating the storm drain system and keeping the county in compliance with state and federal laws. Some of these things will include: • Water quality protection and clean-up activities such as enforcement of water quality ordinances; finding and eliminating illegal discharges and ensuring ongoing development takes care of their stormwater properly, • Educational activities such as conducting clean-up activities, educating business owners on how to properly dispose and handle chemicals; holding pollution prevention seminars, 20 Subdivsion Ages 45 40 35 30 25 Less than 25 yrs old

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