The Dallas Area Municipal Authority (DAMA) won’t be raising the storm water fee for residents after careful planning.
The Dallas Area Municipal Authority (DAMA) won’t be raising the storm water fee for residents.
Dallas, Texas residents will still be charged a $15 quarterly storm water fee and large commercial properties will be charged based on impervious surfaces, reported the Citizens’ Voice.
The average home in the Dallas Area has about 3,700 square feet of impervious surface. DAMA will take the total area of impervious surface these commercial properties have and divide it by 3,700 square feet to get an Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU).
The properties will then be charged the $5 flat rate based on the number of these units. This will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020.
“We’ve had meetings with the larger users and have worked through it with them,” said Thomas Keiper, DAMA’s executive director. “They’ve had their questions. No one wants to pay more money, but they understand why we’re doing it.”
From the start, the plan was to charge the large properties based on their ERUs and to take two years to implement the new payment structure. The first year was spent developing the payment structure and the second year was spent updating measurements on all the properties so DAMA, according to the Citizens’ Voice.
“We didn’t want to rush into something,” Keiper said. “We wanted to make sure we did this methodically.”
DAMA is also working out the establishment of a credit program for these commercial properties, budgeting for $140,000 more in 2020. The money will be used for more projects as well.
“We think we have a good business plan where we can hold our rates for a few years,” Keiper said.
Though the storm water and sewer fees won’t be raised, the trash and recycling fee will go up by $1. The authority used to receive $15 per ton for recycling, but the last bill had DAMA being charged $56 per ton for recycling, reported the Citizens’ Voice.