(b) Rates for stormwater management service. There is charged to all owners or occupants of real property in the city, with improvements or uses thereon which contribute stormwater runoff to the city's stormwater management system, a monthly fee as established by separate ordinance in accordance with the following definitions:
(1) Single-family property service charges. Each single-family property shall be considered one ERU for billing purposes. Monthly service charges for each single-family dwelling unit shall be identical, provided that the ratio of impervious area to total area of the lot does not exceed 50 percent and the total area of the lot exceeds 10,000 square feet. If the ratio of impervious to total area exceeds 50 percent and the total area of the lot exceeds 10,000 square feet, the rates established in subsection (b)(3) shall apply.
(2) Multifamily property service charges. The monthly service charge for all multifamily properties shall be:
Duplex units = One ERU/dwelling unit
Condominium units = One ERU/dwelling unit
Apartment units = 0.6 ERU/dwelling unit
Mobile homes = 0.6 ERU/dwelling unit
Definition of dwelling unit shall be those living areas served by individual electric and/or water meters.
(3) Nonresidential/commercial property service charge. Nonresidential/commercial property service charge shall be:
No. Base ERU's =
Impervious Area (sq. ft.) + 0.5 (Partial Impervious Area (sq. ft.)) / 2,300 sq. ft.
No. Billable ERU's = No. Base ERU's × (1 - Retention Credit Factor)
Monthly Service Charge = (No. Billable ERU's) × (Rate/ERU)
A minimum value of 1.0 ERU shall be assigned to each nonresidential/commercial property unless such property has earned a 100-percent retention credit, in which case, the property will be assigned a value of 0.0 ERU. The impervious area of each nonresidential/commercial property shall be determined by the city manager or designee.
(4) Application to all developed properties. Service charges shall apply to all developed properties within the city using the city's stormwater management system, including those properties classified as nonprofit or tax-exempt for ad valorem tax purposes. Service charges shall apply to all government properties, including properties of the city, including the city-owned buildings, parks, and other properties.
(5) Undeveloped property. Stormwater management service charges shall not be charged to undeveloped property that has not been altered from the natural state as defined under section 27-237, "impervious area" and "partial impervious area." Farmland, gardens, and landscaped areas shall also be exempt except for any roads, parking, or structures associated therewith.
(c) Billing. The fees imposed by this article shall be billed on a monthly basis and may be billed in conjunction with the property owner or property user's monthly electric bill issued by the city through Gainesville Regional Utilities. Such fees shall be due and payable at the same time and in the same manner and subject to the same penalties as other utility fees. In the event a developed property does not have other city utility service(s), a new account shall be developed and that property shall be billed separately for the stormwater management charges. The city manager or designee may create a new account for stormwater utility billing purposes only for a property owner or a property user that may also have a valid city electric and/or water utility account.
Gainesville Stormwater Management Utility Face Sheet
Code of Ordinance
City of Gainesville Stormwater Website