Stormwater Utility Fee to Increase December 1
The City of Marion is committed to improving water quality, reducing stormwater runoff and decreasing conditions that lead to flooding, not only for the benefit of local residents and business but for all of Iowa. The costs for planning, constructing and maintaining stormwater best management practices such as regional stormwater detention basins are continually increasing. Additionally, there is an obligation to comply with the requirements defined in the Clean Water Act, which is regulated by the EPA and Iowa DNR. Consequently, it is necessary to find ways to fund these stormwater obligations and increasing costs.
During the Nov. 21 meeting of the Marion City Council, a 5 percent across-the-board increase to the Stormwater Utility fee was approved. Effective Dec. 1, 2017, Marion residents will see a 25 cent Stormwater Utility increase on their utility bills – going from $4.92 to $5.17 per month. Since most Marion residents are on 2-month billing schedule, this will translate to a 50 cent stormwater increase per billing cycle. Most non-residential properties in Marion – whose Stormwater Utility fees are based on total area of hard surfaces such as roofs and parking lots – will see an increase of less than $2 per month.
Questions about this change may be directed to the Marion Engineering Department at 319-743-6340.