Storm Water Utility Fee
The City of Holladay adopted a storm water utility fee ordinance and storm water policy manual on December 3, 2020. Learn more about storm water and the fee below. The City is currently working to start collecting its new storm water program in January 2022.
Stormwater Fee FAQs
What is stormwater?
Stormwater is runoff from rain, snow, and sleet that is not immediately absorbed by the ground. The water goes directly into the local drainage system, so any pollution in the water also seeps into the ground and into lakes, rivers, and groundwater. If not managed properly, the water can cause erosion, flooding, and other damages. Stormwater is important because it affects all life in our communities, including plants, animals, and people.
What is a stormwater fee, and what will the money be used for?
A stormwater fee is a fee that the city government includes on your monthly power bill. Holladay is implementing this fee to plan for the clean, safe future of our city. The funds from the fee will be used to protect and manage stormwater responsibly. This will include projects such as:
Constructing and maintaining new drainage systems
Cleaning out sewer lines
Testing water quality
Monitoring pollution and cleaning up litter
Why is Holladay starting a stormwater fee?
There are several reasons that Holladay City is starting a stormwater fee. Because our area started as an agricultural community, Holladay was not founded with the pipes and drainage systems necessary to handle the population growth we’ve experienced. Additionally, intense weather events are becoming more frequent and severe, causing erosion and damages. For example are the sinkholes on Cottonwood Lane and Tolcate Lane in recent years. With a stormwater fee, the city will have the funding to fix damages like the sinkholes and better prevent similar damages in the future.
Do other cities in Utah have stormwater fees?
Communities throughout Utah have used stormwater fees for decades to help care for the city’s infrastructure. In fact, we’re one of the last cities in Salt Lake County to do this. Millcreek adopted a fee in June 2020, and Cottonwood Heights in June 2021.
When will the stormwater fee start showing on my power bill?
The stormwater fee will start in early 2022. It will automatically appear each month as part of your power bill.
How will I benefit from the stormwater plan?
When stormwater isn’t managed correctly, it can lead to flooded basements, backed-up sewers, potholes on roads, polluted water, and other damages and safety issues. With the stormwater fee, you and the whole community will be better protected. The city can prepare for and prevent water pollution and flooding. When damages do happen, Holladay City will have the resources to fix the issues quickly, making sure that you have clean water and helping to ensure that your property is safe.
How much will this cost me?
The stormwater fee will be a flat-rate fee included with your power bill each month. The fee will be different for residential areas than for business areas. Here is the current cost plan:
Class 1—$6.50 per month for Residential Area A.
Class 2—$16.25 per month for Residential Area B.
Class 3—This is for all nonresidential properties. Each Class 3 property will be surveyed to calculate the fee.
Please see the Map of Residential Areas and Close-up of Class 2 (Area B).
How was the stormwater fee amount determined for my property?
The formula for determining the stormwater fee was based on lot size and the amount of impervious area on your property. 'Impervious area’ includes rooftops, asphalt, concrete, stone, or any areas of your lot that cannot absorb water, leading to stormwater run off. This formula was also designed to ensure that it does not disproportionately affect lower income members of the community.
What can I do if I have questions?
Holladay City is here to answer any questions you may have about the stormwater fee. For general information about the stormwater fee program, visit the informational website here [link]. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone at (385) 215-9321 from Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Storm Water Utility Financial Plan Discussion (presentation to the Holladay City Council, April 18, 2019)
Storm Water Utility Financial Plan Review (presentation to the Holladay City Council, August 27, 2020)
The Salt Lake County Stormwater Coalition provides helpful information and tips to prevent stormwater pollutants from entering our waterways. Below are videos that illustrate the importance of managing storm water properly.