Public Works Director Daryl Braithwaite proposed an increase to the stormwater fee, from $55 to $92, to cover the costs for new requirements and additional maintenance.
The stormwater fee is seldom increased, in an attempt to try to match projections from the city for the expenses related to stormwater management. The last time the fee was increased was in Fiscal Year 2013, when it moved up to $55 from $48 in FY 2007, according to the city.
“We tend to try to keep them in place for four to five years before we bump them to the next level,” said Braithwaite. She says that incremental increases every year are not something that they want.
When the city of Takoma Park instituted the fee in 1996, it was $24. The fee generates most revenue from non-single-family properties, such as Washington Adventist University and other developed properties, according to the city.
Those other properties made up about 54 percent of the revenue, as compared with 46 percent from single-family homes in FY 2017. However, 89 percent of the properties billed were single-family homes, and 11 percent were other developed properties.
Officials expect the increase to provide around $700,000 in funding for FY 2018, a little under $200,000 more than the budgeted $507,700 for FY 2016, according to the city.
The increase will cover routine maintenance as well as some new additions, such as a one-time purchase of a truck scale and increased maintenance costs. Water testing, a $15,000 cost, is now an annual requirement as well.