STORMWATER UTILITY PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES
Stormwater Utility Fees
Stormwater utility service fees support Lacey’s Storm and Surface Water Utility in conducting a wide variety of surface water-related programs, activities and services. To fund these activities, which provide community-wide benefits, every developed parcel of land within the City of Lacey city limits is subject to Stormwater Utility fees. The Stormwater Utility is an “enterprise” fund, which means it is operated like a business and is self-supporting. Revenues generated by this utility can only be used for those expenditures associated with surface water drainage.
Single-family residences and duplex residences are charged a flat rate, while multi-family and commercial properties are assessed a sliding rate. The sliding rate has seven rate categories based on percent of impervious surface on the parcel. Impervious surface is defined as a hard surface area that prevents or inhibits the infiltration of water into the soil. Impervious surfaces include rooftops, asphalt or concrete pavement (such as parking lots, driveways and walkways) and other surfaces that similarly impede the natural infiltration of rainwater. The amount of impervious surface on a parcel divided by the total area results in the percent impervious for the parcel, and establishes the rate category for the parcel. Each rate category has a specified monthly rate per gross acre, which is multiplied by the total parcel area to obtain the total monthly service charge.
Effective January 1, 2014, stormwater rates slightly increased. In spite of the increase, Lacey’s stormwater rates remain among the lowest relative to comparable communities in the Puget Sound region. The stormwater rate categories and associated rates are as follows: