Question: Why am I being charged this fee?
Answer: An unfunded federal mandate requires cities and counties with an urbanized population to provide a water quality program. Dense populations are directly associated with poor water quality throughout the USA. The program will provide pollution investigations and require construction activity plans review and inspection. The annual storm water fee along with permit fees provide the funding for this program.
Question: When did this fee start?
Answer: The Hamilton County Water Quality Program fee first appeared on the 2004 property tax bill.
Question: Who is responsible for the fee?
Answer: The property owner is responsible for payment of the storm water fee.
Question: If I think my fee is wrong, how do I appeal?
Answer: A written appeal can be submitted to the program manager for consideration at the next meeting of the Hamilton County Water Quality Management Committee.
Question: Can the fee be prorated?
Answer: No, unfortunately it cannot be prorated.
Question: Is anyone exempt from paying the fee?
Answer: If the property is tax exempt, then it is also exempt from the stormwater fee.
Question: How is my fee calculated?
Answer: If the land use of the property is residential, the storm water fee is $9.00 per residential unit. If the property is used for commercial, industrial or manufacturing activity, it is assessed at a rate of $108 per impervious acre. This is all based on the average residential unit with 3500 square feet of impervious area.
Question: I have vacant properties. One is charged a small fee, and the others are not charged this fee at all. Why?
Answer: If there is a driveway, parking lot or even a shed on the property, it is subject to the storm water fee since impervious area is the determining factor. If there are no forms of impervious area on the property, no storm water should be assessed. Aerial photographs are used to determine impervious area.
Question: Are there any interest or penalties assessed on late stormwater fees?
Answer: Yes. Interest and penalties are assessed at a rate of 1% and 1/2% respectively.