What is a stormwater utility?

Similar to water and sewer utilities, which allocate costs based on the amount of use, a stormwater utility fee is determined based on the amount of hardened or impervious surface on a given parcel (such as parking lots, driveways, and buildings). Parcels with more impervious surface are subject to a higher fee. A Stormwater Enterprise Fund is a financial best practice that will provide a transparent accounting mechanism for tracking income and expenses.

The Town of Lexington is considering adoption of a stormwater utility fee to distribute costs of managing stormwater runoff more equitably.  

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1. What is a stormwater utility?
2. What would the stormwater utility pay for?
3. How will the fee be calculated?
4. Can I reduce my fee?
5. Do other towns in Massachusetts have stormwater utilities?
6. How would Lexington’s Stormwater Management Program benefit me?
7. What are the fees for Fiscal Year 2025?
8. What is considered impervious area?
9. Will tax-exempt properties pay?
10. What if I believe my fee was incorrectly calculated?