Duluth is adjusting stormwater fees to fund needed aging stormwater infrastructure improvements. (Google Maps)

Duluth to adjust stormwater fees to fund needed improvements

Duluth is working to stay ahead of the city’s aging stormwater infrastructure. The city implemented a stormwater utility in 2011 to generate a funding source for making these kinds of improvements. As part of a recent Stormwater Asset Management and Capital Improvements Program, the city conducted a thorough reassessment resulting in recommendations for a price increase to help fund needed improvements. The new funding model will allow the city to make strategic, timely, and cost-conscious decisions about repairs to the city’s stormwater infrastructure over the next 15 years.

The new pricing established 1 equivalent residential unit (ERU) equals 2,997 square feet of impervious surface area, and the cost of 1 ERU will be $62 annually, previously $36 per year.

In addition, an attached single-family residential unit will be charged at a rate of .05 ERU for $31.00 annually, previously $14.40 per year.

These rate changes take effect immediately and will be represented on the 2019 Property Tax bills.

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