Stormwater Utility Fee

What a Stormwater Utility Fee is Used for


A Stormwater Utility Fee is used for:
  • Ensuring Town compliance with federal and state water quality requirements
  • Infrastructure improvement and maintenance programs
  • Inspections of detention ponds
  • Investigating spills or reports of illegal dumping

How the Stormwater Utility Fee is Calculated


The stormwater utility fee is based on the amount of impervious area on a non-residential property.

Impervious Surface


Impervious area is any surface that prevents water from soaking into the ground (i.e.- buildings, driveways, parking lots). Previous surfaces are surfaces that allow water to soak into the ground (lawns, gardens).

How Residential Rates Are Determined


The stormwater utility fee is determined by the footprint of your house.

Residential Rate


  • Tier 1: less than 2,000 square feet $4.43 per month
  • Tier 2: greater than 2,000 square feet $5.30 per month 

Non-Residential Rates


Impervious area was measured from a sample of single family residential parcels within the town and an average was calculated. This average is referred to as the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU). A set rate has been determined for an ERU. All non-residential properties will be assigned a fee based on the amount of ERU for impervious area.

Example of a Non-Residential Stormwater Fee


Impervious: 31,746 square feet
ERUs: 16
Yearly Fee: $648.96 

Reduce or Dispute a Stormwater Utility Fee


There is a credit system in place that allows for a maximum 50% credit for qualified water quality facilities.