Stormwater Financing

Fitchburg's Stormwater Utility was established in 2002 (Chapter 40, Article V) to provide consistent funding for meeting the City's stormwater management responsibilities.  The billing rates are determined by the property's location in the Urban or Rural service area. Single family homes in the Urban Service Area are billed $19.50 per quarter (2013-2017 rates), which equates to $78 per year. A single family home in the Rural Service Area is billed $38.83 annually. The higher fee for homes in the Urban Service Area reflects the higher level of stormwater services provided.  Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System - MS4 permit requirements from the WI DNR; stormwater facility and structure inspection and maintenance, regular sweeping/cleaning of urban streets, and retrofits of existing stormwater infrastructure.  Stormwater services in the Rural Service Area include: mowing of rural roadway ditches up top twice per year, cleaning and replacement of culverts under public roads, and cleaning out existing ditches when necessary to achieve proper drainage.  
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Property owners who implement on-site stormwater management practices like rain gardens, infiltration systems, rain barrels, and pervious alternatives to pavement can receive a reduction on their stormwater utility bills by filling out the Stormwater Utility Credit Application Form or the Fitchburg Creek Supporter Pledge Form.