City of Carmel assesses storm water monthly fee to property owners starting Nov. 1

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The following is a news release from the city:

To ensure the protection of our waterways and management of storm water runoff, the City of Carmel created a Department of Storm Water Management and is assessing fees to all Carmel property owners beginning Nov. 1, 2014. Storm water fees will be included on Carmel Utility bills to save on administrative costs. The Department of Storm Water Management is separate from Carmel Utilities.

The Department of Storm Water Management’s primary responsibilities will be to oversee and manage storm water infrastructure within Carmel City limits, help protect waterways and ensure the City meets the increasing requirements from the Federal Clean Water Act.

Storm water fee structure for Carmel property owners are as follows:

Property Type

Equivalent

Residential

Unit

Monthly Fee

Single Family Residence (residential or agricultural)

1

$4.95

Condominium, Townhome, Multifamily (per dwelling unit)

1

$4.95

Non-Residential (Apartments, Commercial, Industrial, Tax Exempt Properties, Agricultural)

Impervious Area

÷

4,150

$4.95 x ERUs

but no less than $4.95 unless unimproved*

Unimproved Properties (<400 sq. ft. of impervious, applies to all property types)

0.33

$1.64

*Non-residential properties that have >400 sq. ft. and < 4,150 sq. ft. will be charged minimum 1 ERU

1 Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) = $4.95

Historically, the City of Carmel has absorbed the expense of storm water management. As Carmel grows, so do the costs to maintain storm water infrastructure and compliance with the unfunded mandate from the Federal Clean Water Act. The City budget no longer is able to bear these costs while maintaining all the essential services provided to the community.

In Indiana, 80 communities, including Fishers, Westfield, Plainfield, Brownsburg and Greenwood, have already created departments to manage storm water and charge fees to property owners.

Additional information, including the Storm Water Rate Study and Frequently Asked Questions, can be found at www.carmelstormwater.com. If Carmel property owners still have questions or concerns, they should contact the Department of Storm Water Management at (317) 819-7301 or stormwater@carmel.in.gov.


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