[HISTORY: Adopted by the Council of the City of Breckenridge as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 3-16-2009 by Ord. No. 470]
There is hereby established a public utility to be known as the Stormwater Utility for the City of Breckenridge. The Stormwater Utility shall be operated as a public utility pursuant to the City Charter and applicable statutes. The revenues shall be subject to provisions of this article and M.S.A. § 444.075.
The purpose of this article is to provide a funding mechanism for the following services:
The administration, planning, analysis, installation, construction, operation, maintenance and replacement of public drainage systems.
The administration, planning, implementation, construction and maintenance of stormwater best management practices (BMPs) to reduce the introduction of sediment and other pollutants into local water resources.
Other education, engineering, inspection, monitoring, testing and enforcement activities as necessary to maintain compliance with local, state and federal stormwater requirements.
The Stormwater Utility shall be part of the Public Utilities Department and shall be administered by the Director of Public Services. This article shall apply to the entire City of Breckenridge.
In determining charges, the City Council may establish a Stormwater Utility policy and credit policy to specify application fees, exemptions and exceptions, unit areas, residential equivalency factors, and unit rates to charge utility users based upon the volume or direct runoff estimated to be generated by various land uses within the City.
Minimum or maximum fees. The City Council may establish a minimum or maximum monthly fee per parcel.
Estimated charges. If, for any reason, precise information related to the use, development or area of a premises is not available; then Stormwater Utility charges for such premises shall be estimated, and billed, based upon information then available to the City.
Billing method. Stormwater Utility fees will be computed by the City. Fees shall be collected by the City together with other City utility fees, through the City billing system, or by any other method approved by the City in accordance with the procedures set forth in Article VII of the City Charter.
Delinquent accounts. Delinquent and unpaid Stormwater Utility fees will be certified to the County Auditor for collection with real estate taxes during the following year or any year thereafter in the manner prescribed in Article VII, pursuant to M.S.A. § 444.075, Subdivision 3.
Editor's Note: See Charter, Art. VII, Public Utilities.
If a property owner believes that the fee charged to a particular property is incorrect, she/he may request review and recomputation of said fee. If the appeal cannot be resolved by the initial appeal done by the Public Works Committee, the fee shall be reviewed on appeal by the City Council.