Stormwater Fee Overview
Silver Spring Township is tasked by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) with completing a variety of projects in order to meet our Pollution Reduction Plan (PRP) requirements for the purpose of improving water quality of local creeks and streams. These projects will be implemented throughout portions of the Township to treat stormwater before it is discharged to our local waterways and reduce pollutants from entering our local waterways.
In order to meet this unfunded mandate, Silver Spring will implement a Stormwater Fee beginning January 1, 2020. The fee will have two categories, Single Family Residential (SFR) and Non-Single Family Residential (Non-SFR), and will utilize Impervious Area (IA) data that was collected for the Township. From the IA data, it was determined that an average SFR property has 4,000 sf of IA. This 4,000 sf was set to be the Equivalent Residential Unit (ERU) and was determined to be charged a rate of $9 based on budgetary need. SFR properties will be assessed a flat rate that is equal to 1 ERU, or $9, a month ($108 annually). Non-SFR properties will be assessed a rate based off of multiples of ERUs the property has. For example, if a Non-SFR property has 20,000 sf of IA, that would be equal to 5 ERUs (20,000/4,000 = 5). For this property, the monthly fee would be $45 a month ($540 annually).
The Stormwater Fee will be billed through the Silver Spring Authority and assessed to all properties with 500 sf of IA or more. If you are currently receiving a sewer bill, the Stormwater Fee will be an added line item. If you are not currently receiving a sewer bill, you will be receiving a new bill from the Silver Spring Authority for the purpose of collecting the Stormwater Fee. Billing schedules will follow the Silver Spring Authority’s current cycles.
Credit Policy and Appeals
With implementation of the Stormwater Fee, a credit policy and appeals process has been made available. Credits are used to reduce the monthly amount being billed to a property and will be available for properties that have installed stormwater controls that reduce stormwater pollution. Additionally, if it is believed that the IA was incorrectly assessed, an appeal may be made. If it is determined that there are errors with the IA data for a property, a correction will be made, and billing information will be updated to show the corrected values.