Questions about the Stormwater Utility Rate Increase?
The Stormwater Utility (SWU) rate increased on January 1, 2020 from $3 to $4 per billing unit per month. Every property owner in the City of Peoria receives a bill four times per year that is calculated based on the amount of impervious surface on each property. Impervious area are pavements, sidewalks, patios and buildings.
Property owners received a bill in February likely saw the January rate is now $4 per billing unit per month. Bills mailed in March would have seen that the January and February rate has been adjusted. Bills mailed in April were for the period beginning January 1, 2020 so all three months were at the 2020 rate of $4 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 facilities and services to manage stormwater drainage in the City. The 2020/2021 City budget identifies projects and services that are being funded by the stormwater utility. Besides the construction projects to repair culverts, storm drainage pipes, and channels; city crews have 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 plan for improvements and repairs before unknown problems become emergency situations.
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