Storm Water Fee Study

  • Introduction

    In Spring of 2018, the Greater Salt Lake Municipal Services District (MSD) asked the Salt Lake County Public Works Engineering Department to investigate a new funding mechanism for storm water related services within the MSD Service Area. The new funding mechanism to be considered is a storm water fee.

    Funding through a storm water fee generally has an advantage over funding through taxes because the fee more fairly distributes costs among different user groups and ensures adequate funding for storm water services. The MSD hired an independent consultant with expertise in this area (Bowen Collins & Associates) to perform the requisite technical analysis and otherwise assist with engineering in this investigation.

    Currently, Bowen Collins & Associates is conducting a detailed technical analysis for the proposed storm water fee. The results of this analysis will be available in early 2019 and will include a recommended policy and fee amount.

    Following the analysis and the creation of a draft policy for the operation of a storm water utility, the proposed fee and policy will be presented to each metro council for review, comment, and potential ratification.

    For additional details, please see FAQ. If you have questions or would like to comment on this study, click here. A schedule of upcoming open houses and hearings is available here.

  • Exploration Process

    The first step in the exploration process (which is currently underway) was to form a Storm Water Utility Executive Committee. This committee consists of representatives from each of the municipal township and the unincorporated area, technical staff, and an MSD administrative representative. The committee was formed in March 2018.

    The committee is currently in the process of meeting regularly with the project consultant, to review initial findings of the technical analysis, provide feedback and direction on how the storm drain utility should be structured, and otherwise assist the project team carry out the study (see Project Timeline for more details).

  • Timeline

    March-April 2018

    • Revenue Analysis
    • Data Collection
    • Executive Committee Meeting 1

    May 2018

    • Financial Plan
    • Rate Options
    • Public Outreach Plan
    • Executive Committee Meeting 2

    June-July 2018

    • Rate Model Development
    • Policy Manual Draft
    • Impervious Analysis
    • Executive Committee Meeting 3

    February 2019

    • Final Report
    • Final Policy Manual
    • Executive Committee Meeting 4
    • Public Open Houses and Hearings
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