Questions about the Stormwater Utility Rate Increase?
The Stormwater Utility (SWU) rate increased on January 1, 2021 from $4 to $5 per billing unit per month – the fully funded rate. Every property owner in the city of Peoria receives a bill four times per year (quarterly) that’s calculated based on the amount of impervious surface on each property. Impervious areas are pavements, sidewalks, patios, buildings, and other surfaces that don’t let water soak into the ground.
Property owners who recently received a bill in February likely saw the January rate is now $5 per billing unit per month. Bills mailed in March will see that the January and February rates have been adjusted. Bills mailed in April will be for the period beginning January 1, 2021 so all three months will be at the 2021 rate of $5 per billing unit per month.
The rate increase was planned and included in Section 3-164 of the ordinance that created the stormwater utility. Stormwater utility funds are being used exclusively to pay for wet weather needs in the City. The City budget identifies projects and services that are funded by the stormwater utility.
Besides the construction projects to repair culverts, storm drainage pipes, and channels; Public Works has also been busy collecting information about the locations and condition of the underground network of pipes that carry the runoff from our streets and properties. These inspections will be used to proactively plan for improvements and repairs before these problems become emergency repairs.
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