How are non-residential properties assessed their Storm Water Utility fee?
Using aerial photography and current building permit records, the City can accurately determine the total amount of impervious surface present on each nonresidential parcel of property. Using this total impervious area calculation, nonresidential properties are assessed Storm Water Utility Fees in increments of 3,500 square feet. For example, if a non-residential property in Tega Cay is determined to have 30,000 square feet of impervious area, that property would be assessed an annual Storm Water Utility Fee of $864 based on the following: 30,000 square feet divided by 3,500 (one ERU) = 8.57 ERUs. 8.57 is rounded up to the next full ERU, making a total of 9 ERUs for the property. The 9 ERUs are then multiplied by $96 (the single ERU rate) to reach a total of $864.

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1. Because we now have a Storm Water Utility Fee, will my property tax decrease?
2. Can you provide me with information on storm water service costs for previous fiscal years?
3. Shouldn’t the majority of the burden of this cost now be borne by the new development areas within Tega Cay?
4. How are non-residential properties assessed their Storm Water Utility fee?
5. Why are you charging me for storm water services, when this is usually linked to water utilities in most communities?
6. Why is a 1700 sq. ft. single family residence on ¼ acre lot with mature landscaping charged the same as a 4,000 sq. ft. residence with little to no landscaping?
7. Do the more recently developed areas of the City create greater storm water burdens than other areas?
8. Does this yearly fee need to be paid in one lump sum or can it be paid with our monthly service over time?
9. Does this new fee have anything to do with my current monthly water/sewer bill? If I have automatic draft for my water bill, will this be drafted as well?
10. Am I allowed to tie my landscape drainage into the storm drain that is at the street in front of my home?