SEGUIN, Texas – Residents and businesses in the Seguin city limits will begin seeing an increase on their monthly utility bill beginning January 1, 2023 when a new stormwater utility rate goes into effect.
The Seguin City Council approved an ordinance in January 2022 to create a Stormwater Utility with a rate of $3 per month per ERU (Equivalent Residential Unit). This fee is similar to other utility fees for electricity, water, sewer, and garbage.
Fees generated from the monthly rate will help the City of Seguin develop, operate and fund a stormwater management program. It will also provide a dedicated revenue source for capital improvement drainage projects and to operate and maintain the City’s drainage infrastructure in an effort to reduce localized flooding.
All property owners in the Seguin city limits, both residential and commercial, will pay the monthly rate. State agencies, public or private institutions of higher education are exempt from the fee.
Residential customers will pay a fee of $3 per month x 12 months = $36 per year.
Non-residential includes multi-family properties, offices, institutions, manufacturing/industrial facilities and churches. Hard surface area will be divided by the standard Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) of 2,500 square feet to determine the number of billing units on the property. The number of billing units then will be multiplied by the standard ERU rate of $3.
For example, the fee for a commercial property with a total hard surface area of 30,000 square feet will be $36 monthly, calculated as follows:
30,000 square feet ÷ 2,500 square feet/ERU = 12 billing units
12 billing units x $3 per month/ERU = $36 per month x 12 months = $432 per year.
More information about the stormwater utility rate can be found online at: https://bit.ly/seguinstormwater
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