As a result of the committee discussions and recommendations, in October 2013 city staff presented to the city commission a plan to update the stormwater fee with increased fairness by refining the relationship between impervious area and utility fee, as shown:
Average home - impervious area between 1,444 and 4,400 square feet
$7 per month
Large home - impervious area greater than 4,400 square feet
$11.20 per month
$5.95 per month
Multifamily unit - condos, apartments, duplex, etc.
$2.66 per month
$7 per billing unit per month
Small home - impervious area less than 1,444 square feet
How Fee Structure is Evaluated
The non-residential fee structure is now based on the estimated home size compared to the statistical sampled average of a single family home in St. Augustine. The new residential sample resulted in a single family unit of 2,752 square feet, instead of the 2,000 square feet used as a statewide average reference in the current utility.
Non-residential customers will pay $7 per month for each billing unit and will not have a 20,000 square-foot cap as they did before. The funds from the program are already being used to fund the stormwater component of the Old Dixie Highway and the downtown streetscaping.