Dewar Park in Palm Bay
The City of Palm Bay is committed to protecting the community and its waterways through sound planning, construction, repair, and improvement of drainage and flood control systems. A Stormwater Utility makes this goal a reality, as well as allows the City to meet state and federally-mandated regulations for discharging stormwater.
On August 17, 2010, the City Council adopted Ordinance 2010-33 implementing the Stormwater Utility establishing the rate of $4.47 per equivalent residential unit (ERU) by Resolution 2010-36. The Stormwater Utility Fee went into effect on October 1, 2010. Additionally on December 1, 2011 City Council enacted Ordinance 2011-62 amending Ordinance 2010-33. There are several credits available to home and business owners which are referenced in the Ordinance.
What is a Stormwater Utility?
A Stormwater Utility is a special entity set up to provide funding that is used specifically for stormwater management. It is a dedicated service unit within the City government which provides revenues through fees for service (or user fees).
With a Stormwater Utility, users of the stormwater system pay for stormwater management in direct relation to the demand placed on the stormwater system by their parcel of land, not the taxable value of the parcel. The stormwater that flows off your property places a demand on a vast system of infrastructure which is costly for the City to operate and maintain. Stormwater must be channeled through a system of pipes, ditches, canals, ponds and other devices before it can be safely discharged into local rivers, lakes, and streams. User fees provided by the utility are placed into an enterprise fund, similar to a water or sewer utility, and are dedicated for use in the various aspects of stormwater management.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
City of Palm Bay
Public Works Department
1050 Malabar Rd SW
Palm Bay, FL 32907