The City is currently in the process of evaluating and updating its stormwater utility structure. The stormwater utility is the revenue stream responsible for funding equipment like the street sweeper as well as managing and maintaining the public stormwater drainage system in addition to other state and federally mandated priorities. As the City grows and the infrastructure continues to age, a greater demand is being placed on the stormwater program. A rate study is underway to evaluate program needs, engage with customers, and set the utility up to be able to fund future capital improvements and investments in the stormwater system.
Who is billed for Stormwater?
All water and sewer customers within the City of Hendersonville's ETJ pay a flat rate stormwater utility fee of $3.00 a month. This includes commercial businesses, non-profit organizations, residents, churches, and anyone else who contributes to stormwater runoff in the City.
Hasn't the City always had stormwater infrastructure?
The City has installed and maintained stormwater infrastructure for a long time. However, federal regulations requiring a comprehensive stormwater quality management program necessitate that the City take a more active role in managing stormwater. The utility fee enables the City to meet its responsibilities to manage the storm drainage system more closely, study the contents of stormwater, seek out and eliminate illicit connections and illegal discharges, enforce codes more strictly, and facilitate public awareness.
How is the residential stormwater fee determined?
Currently the City charges all Residential and Non-Residential Water and Sewer customers that live within the City's Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) a flat rate of $3.00 per month. This charge shows up on the monthly water and sewer bill.
I have a gravel driveway and no gutter drains that go to the street. Why do I have to pay for everyone else?
Gravel is an impervious surface. Like concrete or asphalt, it functions as a barrier to absorption and places a demand on the storm drainage infrastructure. This demand on the system is what the stormwater utility fee pays for. Anyone who drives a car on any city-maintained street contributes to stormwater runoff problems that results in pollution from cars, such as brake dust, gasoline and oil leaks and the stormwater runoff from the impervious area of the street.
Do I have to pay the stormwater fee if I have my own well and septic system?
Yes. The stormwater fee relates to the stormwater drainage system, which is completely separate from the water and sanitary sewer system. The stormwater utility fee helps fund the operation and maintenance of the City's stormwater management system as well as the Stormwater Program which benefit all of the residents of the City of Hendersonville.
What will the money collected by the Stormwater Utility will be used to pay for?
The revenues generated by this utility fee is used to fund all stormwater related services, which includes the City's Stormwater Management Program, enforcement of the City's stormwater ordinances, planning for future impacts, stormwater infrastructure maintenance and repairs within City owned right-of-way, and construction of necessary capital improvement projects. The fee also pays for annual compliance requirements of City's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (NPDES MS4) permit. For example, the stormwater system, composed of catch basins, pipes, and various control measures, ensures that stormwater runoff from the entire City is managed properly to help reduce flooding, erosion, pollution, and property damage. The Stormwater Program is responsible for managing all aspects of the City's NPDES Phase II Stormwater Permit from Public Education and Outreach to Illicit Discharge Detection and Asset Inspection, Operation, and Maintenance.
If you have more questions regarding the Stormwater Utility Fee or the Stormwater Program please contact Michael Huffman, the City's Stormwater Administrator, at 828-697-3013 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org