The construction, operation and maintenance of a municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) can involve significant expense, especially when regulatory requirements, flooding concerns, water quality issues and population growth are factored in.  A storm water utility is a mechanism to fund the cost of municipal services directly related to the control and treatment of storm water.  A storm water utility will operate similarly as an electric or water utility.  Typically, the utility will be administered and funded separately from the revenues in the general fund, ensuring a dedicated revenue source for the expense of storm water management.

Ohio EPA receives many inquiries pertaining to storm water utilities in Ohio.  The central purpose of this survey is to collect and publish information on existing storm water utilities in Ohio that communities can use to make decisions.

Please answer the questions below as they pertain to your storm water utility.

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* 1. Fill out the contact information below:

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* 2. List the Community/Utility Website:

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* 3. Are you a regulated MS4?

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* 4. What year was your storm water utility established?

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* 5. What collection mechanism (i.e. utility bill, assessment, etc.) is used?

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* 6. What is your billing period?

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* 7. What services are provided by the utility? Select all that apply:

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* 8. What is your Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) for impervious surface (in sq. ft.)?

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* 9. What is your Residential parcel rate?

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* 10. What is your Commercial parcel rate?

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* 11. What is your Industrial parcel rate?

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* 12. List any land uses exempt from service fee:

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* 13. Does your storm water utility have a credit program to reduce service fees?

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