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SWM Utility Fee History
Establishing the SWM Utility Fee
In 2005-06, the Stormwater Advisory Group (SAG) – consisting of residents, business owners and City staff – reviewed stormwater management issues, funding options and developed recommendations for the Mayor and Council. The SAG agreed programs were inadequate and needed to be strengthened and expanded. It also supported a utility fee, based on impervious area, to fund stormwater management programs.

In November 2006, the Mayor and Council voted to proceed with implementing the stormwater management utility fee. After further public outreach in 2007, the Mayor and Council introduced legislation for the utility fee and the proposed rate structure. The Mayor and Council adopted the final legislation in April 2008. In July 2009, the first Stormwater Management Utility Fee was billed via the Montgomery County tax bill.