Why not pay for these activities through taxes?
In general, taxes are assessed based on a property’s value and fees are assessed based on the need for service. As shown in the example above, the amount of runoff during a rain storm is directly related to the amount of impervious surface on the property. Therefore a property with a very low taxable value could have a very high stormwater impact if it is completely covered in buildings or asphalt. In addition, a fee can be applied to tax - exempt properties that have impervious area. In short, a fee is a fairer and more equitable means to distribute the cost of a new utility.

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1. What is stormwater runoff?
2. How do I report an illicit discharge/stormwater issue?
3. What is an impervious surface?
4. Why is it important to manage stormwater runoff?
5. What is the Town's storm drainage policy?
6. What is the Town's Stormwater Utility?
7. How is this fee charged?
8. Why not pay for these activities through taxes?
9. What will I get in return for paying this fee?
10. Are there volunteer opportunities with the stormwater program?