Storm Water

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Penticton has a system of pipes underground to move rain and melting snow away from our roads and grounds where it can cause flooding. The cost to operate and maintain this system is currently funded through the general fund of our property taxes which means it competes with other priorities for dollars every year. As part of this year's budget, the City created a dedicated fund for the storm water system.

No increase in 2018

The City is proposing to phase the fund in over the next seven years to provide the $2.5 million per year needed for the operations and maintenance of the system as well as creek restoration. Property owners will see a portion of their property taxes reassigned to the new storm water fee on their upcoming 2018 property tax notice. There is no increase to property taxes associated with the storm water fee in 2018. Any future proposed increases would be managed through a review of the Fees and Charges Bylaw. Still to be determined is how the fee will be distributed amongst property owners.

Options for sharing the storm water

The two options being considered include a flat fee that would be assigned equally amongst property owners regardless of property type and a tiered fee that would assign a higher fee to commercial and industrial properties and a lower fee for smaller residential units such as condos or duplexes. In both scenarios, the proposed fee for a single family home remains the same. Feedback from the community along with a recommendation from staff will be shared with Council at a meeting in March.

*Please note the City has changed the name of this page from Storm Water Utility to Storm Water Fee to avoid confusion with the power and water utilities that are billed monthly.



Penticton has a system of pipes underground to move rain and melting snow away from our roads and grounds where it can cause flooding. The cost to operate and maintain this system is currently funded through the general fund of our property taxes which means it competes with other priorities for dollars every year. As part of this year's budget, the City created a dedicated fund for the storm water system.

No increase in 2018

The City is proposing to phase the fund in over the next seven years to provide the $2.5 million per year needed for the operations and maintenance of the system as well as creek restoration. Property owners will see a portion of their property taxes reassigned to the new storm water fee on their upcoming 2018 property tax notice. There is no increase to property taxes associated with the storm water fee in 2018. Any future proposed increases would be managed through a review of the Fees and Charges Bylaw. Still to be determined is how the fee will be distributed amongst property owners.

Options for sharing the storm water

The two options being considered include a flat fee that would be assigned equally amongst property owners regardless of property type and a tiered fee that would assign a higher fee to commercial and industrial properties and a lower fee for smaller residential units such as condos or duplexes. In both scenarios, the proposed fee for a single family home remains the same. Feedback from the community along with a recommendation from staff will be shared with Council at a meeting in March.

*Please note the City has changed the name of this page from Storm Water Utility to Storm Water Fee to avoid confusion with the power and water utilities that are billed monthly.



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