Stormwater Utility Information
In February 2009, the Fox Point Village Board adopted an ordinance authorizing the creation of a Stormwater Utility for the Village of Fox Point. This ordinance changed how Stormwater management expenses were to be paid, switching from being included in the property tax bill to added to the household water bill.
The Stormwater Utility Users Manual and Credit Policy established five tiers (categories) for single family homes based on impervious surface square footage. Each residential property was then assigned to a tier consistent with that particular property's impervious square footage. Commercial and institutional properties were assigned to Tier 6 and billed based on their specific impervious surface.
A resolution to amend the Stormwater Utility service charge was adopted by the Village Board February 1, 2015, another on February 1, 2019, and the most recent adopted on December 13, 2022. The 2019 resolution established a rate of $11.90 per ERU per month (Equivalent Runoff Unit) per month and the 2022 resolution increased the rate to $12.49 per ERU per month. The 5% increase was deemed necessary in order to support the cost of the Stormwater Management services, systems and facilities.
Property owners have the opportunity to earn one time credits as a partial offset to the fees. Credits may be earned by reducing the impact of a property's impervious surface through the establishment of such things as rain barrels, rain gardens, and porous pavement. Please see the Fox Point Stormwater Utility Users Manual and Credit Policy in the related documents section below for more detailed information and required forms. More information on these specific structures can be found in Stormwater Public Education and Outreach located in the Public Works Stormwater section.
Annual Stormwater Report
Village staff are required to complete an annual report of stormwater activities that occurred in the Village during the previous year. The report addresses public education and outreach activities, illicit discharges into the storm sewer system, construction site pollution control, post-construction stormwater management and pollution prevention. The report is included in the Related Document section below for public to review. Comments may be sent to Scott Brandmeier, Director of Public Works, at email@example.com. Three main takeaways from the report are as follows: (1) the Village continues to partner with Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust (Sweetwater) and the Respect our Waters campaign to provide public education and outreach, (2) no illicit discharges (e.g., improperly disposed of water such as sanitary or commercial/industrial flows) occurred in the Village during 2022, but we did report on two outfalls where groundwater is regularly observed, and (3) the Village continues to pursue opportunities, including grant funding, to incorporate green infrastructure into its road projects.