Storm Water Utility Fee

Storm Water Utility Fees in Benbrook

In recent years, the City of Benbrook identified numerous locations throughout the city that do not drain properly during heavy rainfall, and do not convey storm water safely and effectively.
In 1989, the Texas State Legislature authorized political subdivisions, like the City of Benbrook, to create a Storm Water Utility System dedicated to the management of storm water (drainage) facilities. The legislation also allowed for the assessment of a dedicated fee to fund the utility. Since that time, more than 43 cities in North Texas, including Azle, White Settlement, Saginaw, Stephenville, and Fort Worth have established a Storm Water Utility System.

In September 2007, City Council established a Storm Water Utility System in Benbrook. This utility allows the City to assess a monthly fee for all developed properties within Benbrook. The fees paid to the Storm Water Utility provide a funding source for necessary maintenance, repair, and construction of storm water facilities, and can only be spent on storm water related activities.

The residential monthly storm water fee of $6.50 is the same for all residential dwellings (1-4 units), and is reflected in the monthly water/sewer/refuse bill. If the owner of a property normally pays for utility services on a property, the storm water fee is sent to the owner for payment. If an occupant, or tenant, of the property is responsible for payment of water/sewer/refuse service, the City considers the occupant to be responsible for payment of the storm water fee. However, the property owner is expected to pay the storm water fee if the property has been vacated by a tenant.

The fee for non-residential properties (including commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family properties) is calculated individually in proportion to each property’s storm water runoff potential. This calculation is determined by the amount of impervious coverage located on the property (such as a building, or concrete, asphalt and compacted soil parking areas and driveways). Impervious material does not allow the soil to naturally absorb water during rainfall events, thus the more impervious material on a property, the more potential for harmful storm water runoff affects. The non-residential fee is based on the impervious area for the entire parcel and may be allocated to several utility accounts depending upon how the property is used by different customers on the property. The impervious area determination was taken from 2005 aerial photography and/or site plans provided to the City with the building permit application.

The residential fee is a flat rate for each dwelling unit and cannot be adjusted; however, the number of dwelling units on a parcel can be reviewed. Non-residential fee calculations can be reviewed for accuracy by the City Engineer. Contact City Hall with any questions: 817-249-3000.