Wilson Stormwater Program and Utility Development

Client: City of Wilson, NC Wilson Stormwater Program and Utility Development

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The City of Wilson is required by the State of North Carolina to implement a stormwater management program to meet the Neuse River Regulations for stormwater quality. Working with a citizen Stormwater Advisory Committee, JEWELL guided the City through development of a stormwater management program to meet the State mandate. The program addresses 4 primary areas: 1) nitrogen runoff reduction from new developments, 2) illegal discharge elimination, 3) identification of retrofit sites for stormwater quality improvement, and 4) public education and involvement. The program was adopted and implemented in 2001. As a means to fund the program, JEWELL guided the City through the process to develop and implement a Stormwater Enterprise Fund (Utility). City Council adopted a Stormwater Utility Ordinance and rate in the spring of 2002 and billing started in January 2003. The utility is based on imperviousness and charges residential properties a flat fee and non-residential properties a multiple of the residential fee based on impervious area. This utility currently generates approximately $2,300,000 in revenue per year dedicated to operating the program and funding capital improvements.