Brookhaven, GA, May 24, 2017 – by Trey Benton – Brookhaven’s City Council approved raising stormwater fees for all multiple dwelling units as part of a 10-year plan for the Stormwater Fund. The increase will generate approximately $300,000 annually and that revenue will be directed to address pressing flooding issues; watershed improvement projects and maintenance of stormwater facilities.
“The City has made no adjustments to rates originally established and the City has completed Nancy Creek Watershed Improvement Plan and undertaken North Fork Peachtree Creek Watershed Improvement Plan in 2017,” says the Resolution passed by Council during their Tuesday, May 23rd meeting. Brookhaven says the City is “aggressively addressing localized flooding issues and seeks to pursue additional funding to address the funding gap to pursue the above referenced Capital Projects in the 2018-2027 Ten-Year Stormwater Capital Improvement Plan.”
The stormwater fee rates in Brookhaven are $5 per month per equivalent residential unit (ERU) or $60 per year per ERU. A single family parcel is considered to be 1 ERU. For multi-family and condominium units, the City says each unit is considered to be 0.5 ERU currently. That factor will be raised to 0.75 for all multiple dwelling units and equates to approximately $1.25 per month ($15 per year) per apartment unit.
For Commercial properties, the approved Resolution says a Stormwater service charge of a minimum of 1.0 ERU will be charged. For vacant lots, a factor of 0.5 ERU will be applied.
Looking forward, Brookhaven says that periodic increases in the base ERU rate on all residential properties will likely be required beginning in 2020, but that increase would need approval by City Council at that time.
The stormwater utility fee is billed with the annual property tax bill to Brookhaven residents. DeKalb County collects and forwards the receipts (less an administration fee) in the last quarter of every year to the City.
For conversations sake, when the City of Brookhaven set its initial 0.5 rental ERU rate, it was proposed they meet DeKalb’s 0.75 rate. However, Councilmembers opted to approve a 0.5 factor instead. There have been no increases to keep up with inflationary numbers, the City says. If the rates had been indexed to inflation, the City estimates the current stormwater utility fee would be $67.53 per year for non-commercial properties.
Future Capital Projects included in a 2018 Stormwater Funding Request include:
- Cartecay Drive Drainage Improvement Project
- Dresden Drive Culvert Replacement Project
- Nancy Creek WIP Projects – Study completed in 2016 – $19M over the next ten years with portion in requested to be completed in 2018
- North Fork Peachtree Creek Projects – Study funding approved April 2017 (Estimate and Extent TBD)
- 1258 Sunderland Ct $75,737.75
- 1273 W Nancy Creek Dr $41,239.00
- 1313 W Nancy Creek Dr $49,500.00
- 2733 Cove Cir $37,046.35
- 3479 Stratfield Dr (waiting for estimate)
- 1604 Harts Mills Rd $58,609.38 (Completed)
The Council’s vote to approve the Stormwater rate change was unanimous. The full Resolution can be found beginning on page 154 in the May 23rd Agenda Packet here.