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City of Rio Vista Storm Drain Fee Requirements

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The City of Rio Vista has adopted Resolution No. 2024-029, setting a Public Hearing to address State requirements and the city's increasing flooding risks, marking the first proposed change to the storm drain fee since 1989. The resolution was prepared after comprehensive evaluations by the Municipal Rates and Utilities Committee, ensuring that the new fees are fair and comply with Proposition 218. A community meeting will be held on May 30, 2024, to discuss the changes, with a public hearing scheduled for June 4, 2024, where property owners can express their views. Detailed information and a parcel fee map are available here to help residents understand the potential impact of the new rates.

Community Map: Check Your Storm Drain Fee Here

In the map below, click the magnifying glass and type in your address. Trouble seeing the map? View the full version here.

What is a Storm Drain Rate Study?

A Storm Drain Rate Study is a comprehensive assessment conducted by a specialized consultant (such as NBS in this case) to determine the financial viability, fairness, and cost-effectiveness of the rates charged by a storm drain utility. It involves detailed financial planning, cost-of-service analysis, rate design analysis and comparison with regional rates. View the 2024 Property Related Fee Rate Study for Storm Drain Services here.

Storm Drain Fee Approval Process Timeline

Since June 2023 - March 28, 2024
March 28, 2024
April 16, 2024
May 30, 2024
June 4, 2024
June 7, 2024
July 19, 2024

Initial Review by MRUC

The Municipal Rates & Utility Commission (MRUC) has been reviewing the city’s rates and fees for essential city services, including storm drain services. Their goal is to ensure these rates meet community needs and support the financial stability of these services.

MRUC's Recommendation

The MRUC recommended a new rate for storm drain services after carefully reviewing current infrastructure needs, community feedback, and financial requirements to sustain high-quality, reliable service for all residents.

Beginning of Proposition 218 Process

The City Council scheduled a public hearing and will send notices in the mail to community members detailing the proposed storm drain fee and the public hearing date.

Community Open Houses

Hosted by the City of Rio Vista, these open house events are designed to engage the community with the proposed Storm Drain Fee. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the fee, ask questions, express concerns, and receive direct responses.

Public Hearing

The City Council will conduct a formal hearing to allow property owners to express their opinions, ask questions, and discuss any concerns regarding the proposed storm drain fee, as mandated by Proposition 218. If more than 50% of the affected property owners object, the fee adjustment cannot proceed.

Ballot Distribution

If the hearing concludes with fewer than 50% of property owners objecting, the city will proceed with distributing ballots for voting on the proposed storm drain fee.

Ballot Return Deadline

After collecting all the ballots, they will be counted in a public forum the following week. For the proposed fee to pass, a simple majority of the ballots returned by the deadline must approve the fee. This means more than 50% of the voting ballots need to be in favor of the proposed fee.

FAQs for Rio Vista Storm Drain Fee Adjustments

Storm Drain Financial Plan

Coming to Your Mailbox: Prop 218 Notification

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