Stormwater Utility Fees

Stormwater fees successfully implemented under Proposition 218 procedures become restricted fees, which must be kept separate from other municipal revenues and can only be used for stormwater services. Stormwater utility fees can be set up as an enterprise fund, which is a self-contained financial structure for an enterprise that charges fees for goods or services delivered to the public. Examples are garbage services or other utilities such as water, sewer, or electric. Many municipalities throughout California and across the nation are considering creating stormwater utilities as a way to fund stormwater activities. Here are the steps for creating a stormwater utility (which includes a voter-approved fee).