The Village created an interactive Stormwater Utility Fee (SWU) Lookup Map that allows the public to search an address and view the estimated monthly fee that will be applied to that property. The map includes visual data on what is considered impervious area for each property, and the resulting estimated monthly fee.
Fees for single family homes, multi-family homes (townhomes, condos, apartments), and non-residential buildings (schools, churches, businesses, other government bodies) are calculated slightly differently, and details on those calculations can be found at www.wsprings.com/stormwaterutility. Data collection for Timber Trails is ongoing as the development of the subdivision continues. The Village will revise mapping information for Timber Trails as it receives updates from the developer and from Cook County.
Storm Water Utility Fee – Phase II Underway
The Storm Water Utility Fee is currently in Phase II; the implementation of the utility fee into the community and the Village’s processes. The proposed fee will provide a long-term funding option for payment of debt service for issued bonds approved (by referendum) for stormwater improvements and maintenance. The utility fee model represents an equitable method of allocating the cost of improvements and maintenance of the stormwater management system. Those properties that place a greater demand on the system, pay a higher rate. The fee generates funds by charging all property owners a stormwater fee, based on the property's impact to the stormwater system. A property's impact is calculated based on the amount of impervious area on the property (i.e. structures, driveways, walkways).
In Phase II, Village staff and the Village’s contractor, Raftelis, will includes complete the following:
- Public Education – Production and distribution of publications and resources via mail and the web. Creation of a web-based user-friendly map that the public can use to view the estimated fee associated with their parcels. Hosting of an open house event where members of the community can learn about the fee and ask questions.
- Data Collection – The detailed analysis of the impervious area for each parcel within the Village. Final review of expected storm water management costs in the short and long term.
- Stormwater Utility Fee Structure and Implementation - Final fee structure determination and financial analysis of debt service and fee funded project options. Review of potential credit/incentives for sustainable improvements. Creation of a Storm Water Utility Fee ordinance and adoption into the Municipal Code. Implementation into the Village billing system and staff training.
If adopted, the utility fees will be applied to the water/sewer bills in mid- 2023. For more information, please visit www.wsprings.com/stormwaterutility or scan the QR code below.